Denis Diderot

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I, too, remember the first set of encyclopedia Britannica  that I had....

Sep 22, 2019 02:32 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Encyclopedias were the internet back in the day !

Sep 22, 2019 02:36 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And back in the day, updaes were published once a year to keep you current! Enjoy your day!

Sep 22, 2019 04:55 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Me too, we got the first set when I was 7 years old.

Sep 22, 2019 05:00 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I don't recall how old I was when the Encyclopedia Brittanica made its way into our home but I do recall looking at them and the yearly updates.  Constantly.  

Sep 22, 2019 05:24 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

I remember our family have a set of the Britannica encyclopedia and we used them all the time..plenty of research was done on them for homework assignments!

Sep 22, 2019 06:00 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Reading material on snow days!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 22, 2019 06:24 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Indeed, James. Those of us of a "certain" generation grew up with encylcopedias at home... volumes of them! And we certainly used them for reference in many ways.

Sep 22, 2019 07:10 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This made me laugh. While most of you may have known......hardly.

Sep 22, 2019 07:47 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I can attest that Champagne is a good place to be born.  It is beautiful and the bubbly they make is also.  My family did not buy an Encyclopedia. but our school library had one that I used.  A

Sep 22, 2019 08:57 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I too remember our Encyclopedia Britannica. On rainy days I would pick a letter and open it to a letter and read!

Sep 22, 2019 11:11 AM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James wow you look good for someone born in the 1700's:)))) just kidding seriously I remember when my parents bought our the first set of Encyclopedias, those door to door salesmen were strong....Endre

Sep 22, 2019 04:04 PM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

 James Dray , I remember well the encyclopedias and how much I valued them.  Today one can go to the Internet or just pick up our smart phones, press the home button while asking 'Siri.' So awesome is the fact that Siri does the researching and has the info almost before we ask it. 
Thank you Denis Diderot!!

Sep 25, 2019 04:09 PM #13
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Encyclopedia...a word that we learned to spell and books that are no longer around. The Internet in print, more-or-less.

Nov 13, 2019 03:23 PM #14
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