04 Dec Gutenberg
Johannes Gutenberg was born around 1398 and died in 1468.
Gutenberg changed everything. His landmark use of mass produced movable type meant that for the first time books were available not only to the very rich but also to those of more modest means.
My friend, Alix Christie, author of Gutenbergs Apprentice, said “Gutenberg kick-started the world’s first media revolution, 550 years before the Internet. Without printing there would have been no Reformation, Scientific Revolution, or Enlightenment!” I know she wrote a book about him but it’s fair to say that her comments are true.
Why is he being featured in this blog? Quite simply because his impact on civilisation is phenomenal. With him we probably wouldn’t be reading this now, well almost!