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ZAlerts allow you to be notified by email about the availability of new books according to your search query. A search query can be a title of the book, a name of the author, ISBN or anything else. Read more about ZAlerts. An encyclopedia article also often includes many maps and illustrations , as well as bibliography and statistics. Four major elements define an encyclopedia: its subject matter, its scope, its method of organization, and its method of production:. Some works entitled "dictionaries" are actually similar to encyclopedias, especially those concerned with a particular field such as the Dictionary of the Middle Ages , the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships , and Black's Law Dictionary.
The Macquarie Dictionary , Australia's national dictionary, became an encyclopedic dictionary after its first edition in recognition of the use of proper nouns in common communication, and the words derived from such proper nouns. There are some broad differences between encyclopedias and dictionaries. Most noticeably, encyclopedia articles are longer, fuller and more thorough than entries in most general-purpose dictionaries.
Generally speaking, dictionaries provide linguistic information about words themselves, while encyclopedias focus more on the thing for which those words stand. As such, dictionary entries are not fully translatable into other languages, but encyclopedia articles can be. In practice, however, the distinction is not concrete, as there is no clear-cut difference between factual, "encyclopedic" information and linguistic information such as appears in dictionaries. Information in traditional encyclopedias can be assessed by measures related to such quality dimension as authority , completeness , format , objectivity , style , timeliness , uniqueness.
Encyclopedias have progressed from written form in antiquity, to print in modern times. Today they can also be distributed and displayed electronically. One of the earliest encyclopedic works to have survived to modern times is the Naturalis Historiae of Pliny the Elder , a Roman statesman living in the first century AD. He compiled a work of 37 chapters covering natural history, architecture, medicine, geography, geology, and other aspects of the world around him.
He stated in the preface that he had compiled 20, facts from works by over authors, and added many others from his own experience. The work was published around AD 77—79, although Pliny probably never finished editing the work before his death in the eruption of Vesuvius in AD Isidore of Seville , one of the greatest scholars of the early Middle Ages , is widely recognized for writing the first encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, the Etymologiae The Etymologies or Origines around , in which he compiled a sizable portion of the learning available at his time, both ancient and contemporary.
The work has chapters in 20 volumes, and is valuable because of the quotes and fragments of texts by other authors that would have been lost had he not collected them. The most popular encyclopedia of the Carolingian Age was the De universo or De rerum naturis by Rabanus Maurus , written about ; it was based on Etymologiae. The encyclopedia of Suda , a massive 10th-century Byzantine encyclopedia, had 30 entries, many drawing from ancient sources that have since been lost, and often derived from medieval Christian compilers. The text was arranged alphabetically with some slight deviations from common vowel order and place in the Greek alphabet.
The early Muslim compilations of knowledge in the Middle Ages included many comprehensive works. Also notable are works of universal history or sociology from Asharites , al-Tabri , al-Masudi , Tabari 's History of the Prophets and Kings , Ibn Rustah , al-Athir , and Ibn Khaldun , whose Muqadimmah contains cautions regarding trust in written records that remain wholly applicable today. The enormous encyclopedic work in China of the Four Great Books of Song , compiled by the 11th century AD during the early Song dynasty — , was a massive literary undertaking for the time.
The last encyclopedia of the four, the Prime Tortoise of the Record Bureau , amounted to 9. The 'period of the encyclopedists' spanned from the tenth to seventeenth centuries, during which the government of China employed hundreds of scholars to assemble massive encyclopedias. In late medieval Europe, several authors had the ambition of compiling the sum of human knowledge in a certain field or overall, for example Bartholomew of England , Vincent of Beauvais , Radulfus Ardens , Sydrac , Brunetto Latini , Giovanni da Sangiminiano, Pierre Bersuire.
Some were women, like Hildegard of Bingen and Herrad of Landsberg. Both were written in the middle of the 13th century. Medieval encyclopedias were all hand-copied and thus available mostly to wealthy patrons or monastic men of learning; they were expensive, and usually written for those extending knowledge rather than those using it. During the Renaissance , the creation of printing allowed a wider diffusion of encyclopedias and every scholar could have his or her own copy.
This work followed the traditional scheme of liberal arts.
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However, Valla added the translation of ancient Greek works on mathematics firstly by Archimedes , newly discovered and translated. The Margarita Philosophica by Gregor Reisch , printed in , was a complete encyclopedia explaining the seven liberal arts. The first work titled in this way was the Encyclopedia orbisque doctrinarum, hoc est omnium artium, scientiarum, ipsius philosophiae index ac divisio written by Johannes Aventinus in The English physician and philosopher, Sir Thomas Browne used the word 'encyclopaedia' in in the preface to the reader to define his Pseudodoxia Epidemica , a major work of the 17th-century scientific revolution.
Browne structured his encyclopaedia upon the time-honoured scheme of the Renaissance, the so-called 'scale of creation' which ascends through the mineral, vegetable, animal, human, planetary, and cosmological worlds. Pseudodoxia Epidemica was a European best-seller, translated into French, Dutch, and German as well as Latin it went through no fewer than five editions, each revised and augmented, the last edition appearing in Financial, commercial, legal, and intellectual factors changed the size of encyclopedias. During the Renaissance , middle classes had more time to read and encyclopedias helped them to learn more.
Publishers wanted to increase their output so some countries like Germany started selling books missing alphabetical sections, to publish faster.
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Also, publishers could not afford all the resources by themselves, so multiple publishers would come together with their resources to create better encyclopedias. When publishing at the same rate became financially impossible, they turned to subscriptions and serial publications. This was risky for publishers because they had to find people that would pay all upfront or make payments.
When this worked, capital would rise and there would be a steady income for encyclopedias. Later, rivalry grew, causing copyright to occur due to weak underdeveloped laws. Some publishers would copy another publisher's work to produce an encyclopedia faster and cheaper so consumers did not have to pay a lot and they would sell more. Encyclopedias made it to where middle-class citizens could basically have a small library in their own house. Europeans were becoming more curious about their society around them causing them to revolt against their government. The beginnings of the modern idea of the general-purpose, widely distributed printed encyclopedia precede the 18th century encyclopedists.
Chambers, in , followed the earlier lead of John Harris's Lexicon Technicum of and later editions see also below ; this work was by its title and content "A Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: Explaining not only the Terms of Art, but the Arts Themselves". Popular and affordable encyclopedias such as Harmsworth's Universal Encyclopaedia and the Children's Encyclopaedia appeared in the early s. In the United States, the s and s saw the introduction of several large popular encyclopedias, often sold on installment plans.
The best known of these were World Book and Funk and Wagnalls. As many as 90 percent were sold door to door. Jack Lynch says in his book You Could Look It Up that encyclopedia salespeople were so common that they became the butt of jokes.
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The second half of the 20th century also saw the proliferation of specialized encyclopedias that compiled topics in specific fields. This trend has continued. Encyclopedias of at least one volume in size now exist for most if not all academic disciplines , including such narrow topics such as bioethics. Using a pigment called chlorophyll, they capture energy Universal Names Classifying Life from sunlight and use it to produce and store their food. Kingdom: Animalia multicellular orga-nisms that ingest Homo neanderthalensis There are two types of names for organisms.
The At one time, all living things their food. The scientific two kingdoms, animal and plant. They are cycle have a hollow to refer to a specific organism without the possibility of classification divides organisms prokaryotesthat is, they have relatively dorsal nerve cord and confusing one species with another.
In prokaryotes, genetic pharyngeal gill slits. Their cells has fur; they are are eukaryotic and do warm-blooded. Homo sapiens Amazon river not have a cell wall.
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