In this age of Google there are many people alive today who don’t realize that there was once a day when the only way to access the sum of Human knowledge was to purchase a set of Encyclopedias
While you can still buy the printed version most people just google information, but for my money if I want an actual fact, rather than trusting open source like Wikipedia, I think I’d stick with the Encyclopedia Britannica with it’s long history and reputation
Editorial quality has been Encyclopædia Britannica’s top priority since the company was founded in 1768. Britannica’s methods for ensuring quality have changed over time, but their purpose has remained constant: to generate and validate content that represents the best, most up-to-date knowledge available. Readers today may find it amusing that Britannica’s first edition, published in 1768, says about California that “[i]t is uncertain whether it be a peninsula or an island.” But for the small group of men in Scotland who were responsible for that first edition, this claim was the result of the best research possible at that time with the resources accessible to them. Over the following two centuries, Britannica established its reputation for clarity, accuracy, objectivity, and fairness by drawing on the best authorities of every era, whether the latest published scholarship or the most respected Nobel Prize winners.
As a rule you get what you pay for. and Britannica is infinitely more valuable than Wikipedia.
And yes I admit it, I always love a reason to link Monty Python.