Pliny The Elder: Great Minds

Before there was Google, there were encyclopedias. The very idea of these vast collections of knowledge can be credited to Pliny The Elder. So who was he, and why does he seem to pop up everywhere from Alchemy to Zoology? Hank has the story in this edition of SciShow: Great Minds.

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