“Don’t use big words, they mean so little”…That’s what Oscar Wilde had said in one of his polemic speeches. But in reality, it’s hard to find something more valuable than words. That’s quite explainable: spreading the information is exactly what today’s society is oriented on. How can one possibly cope with this difficult task without using words, both in printed and oral forms?.
The history of printing dates back to the ancient times. According to the historical recordings, the first printed texts date back to the IV century. It bears no resemblance with what we can see now, but still, although the materials and techniques have changed, its importance can’t be exaggerated.
Depending on geographical specifics of the region, people used paper, wooden or stone blocks, fabrics, etc. to “print”. But, regardless of obvious advantages of printing, it was too technically challenging and not very popular. As you know, the technical progress wasn’t very quick back those days. Manual copying of the book could take a copyist up to several months (if not years), so the importance of the invention of more sophisticated tools can scarcely be overestimated.
The list of the most influential inventions can be easily started with the printing press. The first movable printing press had seen the light in 1440. It was a brainchild of Johannes Guttenberg, an inventor and goldsmith. It was a farewell to obnoxious writing and re-writing; plus, it allowed to edit the mistakes easily. That was a turning point in history and a brand new phase of the development of the society. Printing houses have mushroomed here and there, and showcasing the word in front of interested eyeballs turned into a much easier process.
A long time had passed (elapsed) since that morning when Mr. Guttenberg woke up with his brilliant idea though. But nothing is static, and so is the printing: new methods and devices appeared very soon. Printing houses were substituted by better equipped…