Edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert - and published between 1751 and 1772, with later supplements - the stated purpose of the Encyclopédie was 'to change the way people think' by presenting them with a body of information, worldwide in scope, that would encourage rational and individual thought. It was among the first general encyclopedias to include articles by signed contributors and to describe mechanical arts, thereby serving as a primary source for contemporaneous material culture.
- Diderot, Denis
- Date 1
- 1751-1772 with later supplements