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Nov. 19, 2022

Episode 11: Gutenberg's Printing Press

Episode 11: Gutenberg's Printing Press

Printing and movable type were known before Johannes Gutenberg.   Both had developed in the Far East.  Gutenberg was able to combine different technologies, and with his knowledge of metalworking, he devised a mechanical system that made the printing process easy and efficient.  Like the internet in the 21st century, the printing press would go on to revolutionize the way information was distributed and accessed.  In this episode, I explore the background of Gutenberg's achievement.

Images of the Mainz Indulgences (Princeton University)
The Gutenberg Bible (Princeton University)
Gutenberg Foundation, Mainz, Germany
The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe by Elizabeth Eisenstein
The Gutenberg Revolution: How Printing Changed the Course of History by John Man

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Intro Music: Hayden Symphony #39
Outro Music: Vivaldi Concerto for Mandolin and Strings in D