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Denis Diderot was born in Langres, Champagne back in 1713 to Didler and Angelique. Educated at a Jesuit college in Langres earning a Master of Arts degree in philosophy in 1732. He continued his education at the College d’Harcourt of the University of Paris, abandoning the clergy he left to study law at the Paris Law Faculty.
While many of you may know him for his translation of Temple Stanyan’s History of Greece and Robert James’s Medicinal Dictionary to name just two. He is also noted on his ideas on acoustics and air resistance.
What you may not know about Denis is that he is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of the first Encyclopedia back in 1751. So, not trying to show my age I remember those well, a great source of information before the internet.
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