The ARTFL Encyclopédie is now available for free download at the App Store. The ARTFL Encyclopédie application for the iPad contains, in the original French, a complete copy of the first edition of this famous work, enabling users to browse its contents from cover to cover. The iPad app supports searching and browsing by volume, article, topic or class of knowledge, as well as authors.
The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert is one of the crowning achievements of the French Enlightenment. Mobilizing many of the great – and the not-so-great – philosophes of the eighteenth century, it was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, which sought to organize and transmit the totality of human knowledge while at the same time serving as a vehicle for critical thinking. First published in Paris between 1751 and 1772 in 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates, this monumental work contains some 74,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors.