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The “English Cyclopædia”


IN my youth I took in “The Penny Cyclopædia,” in my manhood I purchased its progeny, “The English Cyclopædia,” and now, in comparative old age, I have acquired two supplementary volumes to the latter; and I have never had reason to complain of any of these books, until the supplement to the Natural History division appeared a month or two ago. This supplement embraces a period of sixteen years, from 1854 to 1870, during which, probably, more good scientific work has been accomplished than in any preceding half-century. Many subjects on which I expected to find important articles are passed over without a reference, and others are, as I shall endeavour to show, treated of in a most imperfect and unsatisfactory manner.

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NEMO The “English Cyclopædia”. Nature 2, 83–84 (1870).

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