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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica is the oldest English-language general encyclopedia. The Encyclopaedia Britannica was first published in 1768, when it began to appear in Edinburgh, and its first digital version debuted in 1981. In 1994 Britannica released the first Internet-based encyclopedia, and was launched in 1999.

  2. The Encyclopædia Britannica (Latin for 'British Encyclopædia') is a general knowledge English-language encyclopaedia. It has been published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. since 1768, although the company has changed ownership seven times. The encyclopaedia is maintained by about 100 full-time editors and more than 4,000 contributors.

  3. Welcome to Britannica - Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Corporate Site. For more than 250 years, Britannica has kindled the spark of curiosity with stories of discoveries, people and events that changed the world. Wait till you see what we do in the next 250 years. Get to Know Our Brands. Britannica’s global reach. 7B+. page views annually. 150+.

  4. Encyclopaedia, reference work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or that treats a particular branch of knowledge in a comprehensive manner. For more than 2,000 years encyclopaedias have existed as summaries of extant scholarship in forms comprehensible to their readers.

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  6. The Britannica was the idea of Colin Macfarquhar, a bookseller and printer, and Andrew Bell, an engraver, both of Edinburgh. They conceived of the Britannica as a conservative reaction to the French Encyclopédie of Denis Diderot (published 1751–1766), which was widely viewed as heretical.

  7. As Britannica reached the 250th anniversary of the first edition of its encyclopaedia, the company was working with a range of technology, education, and government partners around the world to fight misinformation, expand its use of artificial intelligence, and develop new learning solutions. Michael Levy

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