6 September 2010

Invention of Paper - Historical Inventions and Ideas Series, Idea 5

The invention of paper is one of the greatest inventions from Ancient Chinese society. In the land of bamboo and silk, which had earlier been used as writing pads, perhaps it was destiny that paper would be invented in China.

The invention of paper is a key milestone in world history because for the first time, it allows people to easily store information. Previously, carving or writing into rocks, papyrus, or bamboo is much more laborious, and therefore more difficult to disseminate knowledge, one of the key ingredients of civilized society.

Although there is a higher price to pay in that paper can more easily be destroyed, such as by fires, the greater ease of information creation and temporary quicker dissemination more than offsets that.


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