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Encyclopaedia Britannica

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In Defense of Obsolete Knowledge

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On March 13, 2012, the president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Jorge Cauz, announced that the organization, which published the first edition of the pre-eminent English-language encyclopaedia in 1768, has decided to cease production of printed editions as it shifts all major editorial energy to the maintenance of its online edition. My first thought, I confess, was a superficial one: now how will...