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General Bilolgy in the "Encyclopædia Britannica"

Nature volume 127, pages 385386 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



ANY criticism of the articles on general biology in the “Encyclopaedia Britannica” must take into consideration, first, the fullness and accuracy of the information contained in them, and secondly, the mode of presentation. For it is surely not sufficient to provide a summary, however authoritative, of any branch of science, if this is presented in such a manner that it cannot be understood by the general reader. It is for his benefit that the “Encyclopaedia” is, presumably, issued, and its financial success is certainly dependent upon his willingness to purchase it.

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