Joseph Priestley's New Chart of History, published in 1769 as an attachment to his Lectures on History and General Policy, expresses his conviction that all events in world history are mutually related and deserve our intellectual attention. Priestley was a clergyman and scientist, an educator and political theorist. He discovered oxygen, and was an early student of electricity. His support of liberty and freedom of expression in the first years of the French Revolution caused his house and library to be ransacked in 1791 and his flight to the United States. We hope Priestley's intelligence and deals are matched in the endeavours of The Literary Encyclopedia.
"If have told you in detail about Asteroid B612 and given you its precise number it is because of the grown-ups. Grown-ups love numbers. When you talk to them about a new friend, they don't ask you about what really matters. The never ask you "What is his voice like? What games does he prefer? Does he collect butterflies?" They ask you "How old is he? How many brothers has he got? How much does he weigh? How much does his father earn?" It is only thus that they believe they can know him.."