Are Encyclopaedia References Sacrosanct

The learned one’s will please excuse this post.

But you would be surprised to know that some people out there swear by the sanctity of encyclopaedia content.

This post is specifically to dispel the myth that encyclopaedia references can be treated as final in serious discussions.

1. Do encyclopedias contain errors?

Unfortunately ..YES!

Read this study report supplement by Nature on the errors discovered in the two most referenced/accessed encyclopedias : Encyclopaedia Britannica ( EB) & Wikipedia (WP)

Jimmy Wales’ Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries, a Nature investigation finds


For every 3 errors in EB , WP has 4. NONE IS ERROR FREE!

2.Isn’t it cynical to believe that an Encyclopaedia that has Nobel laureates on board would contain any errors?

Sorry friend, Nobel laureates are no guarantors of accuracy of content beyond their respective domains!

sample this :

12-year-old expert brings top encyclopedia to book


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