How One Man Remade the World With Words

Book - 2002
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A world forever changed...

In 1450, all of western Europe's books were hand-copied and amounted to no more than are in a modern public library. By 1500, printed books numbered in the millions. Johann Gutenberg's invention of movable type ignited the explosion of art, literature, and scientific research that accelerated the Renaissance and led directly to the Modern Age. In Gutenberg, you'll meet the genius who fostered this revolution, discover the surprising ambitions that drove him, and learn how a single, obscure artisan changed the course of history.

"His story is one of genius very nearly denied. A few records less, and we would not now be revering the Gutenberg Bible as his. All we would have would be the results: an idea that changed the world and a book that is amongst the most astonishing objects ever created'a jewel of art and technology, one that emerged fully formed, of a perfection beyond anything required by its purpose. It is a reminder that the business Gutenberg started . . . contains elements of the sublime'that at the heart of the mountains of printed dross there is gold." --From the Introduction to Gutenberg

Publisher: New York : Wiley, 2002.
ISBN: 9780471218234
Branch Call Number: 921 G983ma
Characteristics: 312 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 11, 2016

Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words. --- by --- John Man.
Author Man has succeeded in writing a book that is at once informative history as well as highly readable. Not for a minute is this book dry or stuffy as well it might be given that the narrative is set about five hundred and fifty years ago, a time and at a place few of us could even imagine: this volume goes further than to enlighten us about a man who’s claim to fame is that he printed (an esoteric subject at best) a Bible (what’s that?) with moveable type (boring – nothing to get excited about) but to draw for us the life of this man who has had such a significant impact on the world, our world, one that reverberates even to today.
What were the historical and technological prerequisites that made Gutenberg’s invention ripe for his time? What were the consequences, many unforeseen, of his pivotal invention?
Man deals with all of these considerations in a way that makes his tale compelling and enlightening: a good book ---as a history book, very good indeed.

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