Get this from a library the american society for the diffusion of useful knowledge established october 17 1835 prospectus james brown american society for the diffusion of useful knowledge. An american group of the same name was founded as part of the lyceum movement in the united states in 1829 its boston branch sponsored lectures by such speakers as ralph waldo emerson and was active from 1829 to 1947 henry david thoreau cites the society in his essay walking in which he jestingly proposes a society for the diffusion of useful ignorance. The society for the diffusion of useful knowledge sduk was founded in 1826 in london as a nonprofit publication house aimed at disseminatingwell useful knowledge to the masses of english society in language and formats that were understandable to the layman. Society for the diffusion of useful knowledge thomas palmelund johansen operating from london between 1826 and 1848 the society for the diffusion of useful knowledge sduk was one of the most ambitious educational projects of the nineteenth century. English the society for the diffusion of useful knowledge or sduk founded in 1826 was a whiggish london organisation that published inexpensive texts intended to adapt scientific and similarly high minded material for the rapidly expanding reading public it was established mainly at the instigation of lord brougham with the objects of publishing information to people who were unable to
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