From the inaugural lecture of J.J. Sylvester at Oxford, December 12, 1885, "On the method of reciprocants as containing an exhaustive theory of the singularities of curves", Collected Mathematical Papers, Vol. 4, 278-302 (in Collected Papers it is claimed to be a reprint from Nature in 1886, but I was unable to locate it there), footnote at p.283:
Search has been made in the collected works of Monge and in manuscripts of his own ... I have also made application to the Universal Information Society, who undertake to answer "every conceivable question," but nothing has so far come out of it.
What is this "Universal Information Society"?
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