The Idea of a World Encyclopædia


MOST of the lectures that are given in this place to this audience are delivered by men of very special knowledge. They come here to tell you something you did not know before. But to-night I doubt if I shall tell you anything that is not already quite familiar to you. I am here not to impart facts but to make certain suggestions; and there is no other audience in the world to which I would make these suggestions more willingly and more hopefully than I do to you.

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Wells, H. The Idea of a World Encyclopædia. Nature 138, 917–924 (1936).

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