Harvey Einbinder

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Dr. Harvey Einbinder (June 18, 1926 - January 30, 2013), an American physicist and amateur historian, spent five years combing the Encyclopædia Britannica for flaws, and found enough to fill a 390-page book, called The Myth of the Britannica, published by Grove Press in 1964.[1] As summarized by The Age two years later, Einbinder's book "showed beyond argument that the Britannica was not a completely impartial and absolutely infallible work of general reference; that 666 articles in the 1963 edition were reprinted from editions dating back to 1875 in some cases; that American influence on its editorial policy had become dominant".[2]

Einbinder at one point also disputed the historical accuracy of the Black Hole of Calcutta account. Among his other publications are An American Genius: Frank Lloyd Wright, and the play Mah Name is Lyndon.


  1. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?pid=162780231
  2. ^ Peter Westcott: Britannica on the Shelves (review of the 1965 edition of Encyclopædia Britannica), The Age, 28 May 1966, p.25
  • De Solla Price, Derek J. (1964). "A Great Encyclopedia Doesn't Have To Be Good?" Science, Volume 144, Issue 3619, pp. 665–666. - Review of Einbinder's The Myth of the Britannica.


  • The Myth of the Britannica. New York: Grove Press, 1964 / London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1964 / New York: Johnson Reprint Corp., 1972
  • "Politics and the new Britannica", The Nation 220:11:342-4 (1975) - Review of the Britannica 3
  • An American genius : Frank Lloyd Wright. New York : Philosophical Library, 1986, ISBN 0-8022-2511-X
  • Mah name is Lyndon; a play. Illustrated by Florence Safadi. New York, Lady Bird Press. 1968