If you're looking for the most comprehensive encyclopedia, look no further. The "2007 Encyclopaedia Britannica" combines today's current topics with over 238 years of expertise and delivers more depth, breadth, and information than other encyclopedia. Readers can access quick facts or immerse themselves in detailed articles on almost any subject imaginable while enjoying the vivid and beautiful images of art, geography, science, sports, and much more. With over 1,100 new and updated entries, over 4,000 contributors, and 65,000 articles, the "2007 Encyclopaedia Britannica" is unsurpassed. In an age when anyone can post their version of the facts on the Internet, "Encyclopaedia Britannica" maintains its reputation as the most trusted source of the information and ideas people need for work, school, and the sheer joy of discovery. The unique four-part organisation of the traditional 32-volume set makes it the ideal Encyclopedia for every enquiry. The 12 volume "Micropaedia" gives quick and concise answers with a summary of the essential facts and acts as a gateway to Knowledge in Depth. The 17 volume "Macropaedia Knowledge in Depth", gives you complete and thorough understanding in all subjects. The one-volume "Propaedia" is the outline of knowledge, a guide to learning that will help you in pursuing any subject in depth. The two-volume Index is the key to Britannica. More than 720,000 references take you to the exact page you need, quickly and easily. With articles written by experts in their fields, including an extensive list of Nobel Prize-winning authors, "Britannica" has several thousand more entries than its nearest competitor with magnificent photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and diagrams that bring the text to life.
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Encyclopaedia Britannica continues to be an authoritative resource. The 81,000 articles are signed by more than 4,300 contributors and have extensive bibliographies. The latest printing retains the Micropaedia/Macropaedia/Propaedia structure: short articles for quick reference in the Micropaedia, in-depth treatment of broad topics in the Macropaedia, and an "outline of knowledge" in the Propaedia. The articles on non-U.S. countries in the Macropaedia are extensive--India is 175 pages long. Afghanistan is updated through 2004 with information about the new constitution and government formed by Hamid Karzai, making it more current than the Micropaedia entry, which ends with the overthrow of the Taliban. The Micropaedia entry for Yasir Arafat notes his November 2004 death.
The 84 new articles in this printing include Kerry, John; Nanotechnology; Wal-Mart; Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD); and Yo-Yo Ma. New articles on Animal rights, Monkeypox, and SARS update biomedical coverage. Among the 3,900 rewritten or revised articles are African American literature, Great Depression, Mt. Everest, and Vietnam War. More than 120 maps have been added or changed, including those for Chicago, Europe, Iran, Iraq, United Nations Peacekeeping, and Vietnam War. Among the 119 new illustrations are new flag and primate plates.
Encyclopaedia Britannica retains its position as an excellent scholarly reference source for public, academic, and secondary-school libraries, especially since it has improved its coverage of current events and added some articles on popular culture. Barbara Bibel
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