27 September 2011

Invention of the Printing Press - Historical Inventions and Ideas Series, Idea 11

In around 1440, the German Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. This invention greatly facilitated the spread of information.

Prior to the invention, books could only be replicated by having scribes copy the whole book, a very time consuming practice. Books were therefore very rare.

This changed with with the invention of the printing press. Information in books could now be easily replicated and distributed.


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