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World Brain

In 1938, aged 72, English writer H. G. Wells published a little book of essays and speeches titled World Brain.

Among the essays, one titled "The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia" is remarkable in presenting a vision very similar to Wikipedia. This essay first appeared in the new Encyclopédie Française[?], August, 1937.

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  • World Brain: H. G. Wells on the future of world education (1994) London: Adamantine Press. ISBN 0-7449-0114-6

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