Supporting Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

Encyclopaedia BritannicaBack when I was a kid, back before the Internet, Google, and Wikipedia, when you needed to know a fact or look something up, you’d go to the library and search in the encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia Britannica was one of those great multi-volume references on the shelf.  But time and technology marches on and the last print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was published in 2010.  Today is the anniversary of the publication of the first Encyclopedia Britannica.

QUESTION:

How many years ago was the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica published?

ANSWER:

244

EXPLANATION:

In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — the Encyclopaedia Britannica company no longer produces a print edition but  focuses on its online encyclopedias and educational items for schools.

The Britannica was the oldest continuously published English-language encyclopedias produced.  It was first published in 1768 in Edinburgh, Scotland as three volumes.  So, the first edition was published 244 years ago.

By the way… If you’re interested in the final hardcover edition of Britannica it is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds.  Only 12,000 sets of the 2010 edition were printed.  It was for sale at the company’s website for $1,395, but is now sold out.  They are still selling a limited-edition leather bound set for $3,995 but hurry – only 50 sets are left!

I did find a seller on Amazon.com who has the regular hard cover edition for sale for $2,253.99 plus $3.99 for shipping (which is very reasonable considering the shipping weight is 144.8 pounds).

So, hurry!  Christmas is only 18 days away.

NET CHECK IN’s:

We had a total of 28 people check in to the Net tonight and 4 of those had the correct answer to tonight’s Trivia Question.  Congratulations to:

  • KD6JPD – Jerry
  • WA2RPY – Barry
  • AF6TT – Leon
  • WA6USL – Murray

Thanks to all who checked in tonight and supported the Net.

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