Johannes Gutenberg, a 15th century German goldsmith, is widely credited for one of the most important inventions in history: the movable-type printing press. The Gutenberg press enabled the Reformation, the spread of science, and mass culture, wrote Tim Harford in the Financial Times earlier this month.
But Harford thinks history may have a blind spot in its rear-view mirror. Gutenberg’s invention could have been “an isolated technological miracle […] had it not been for a cheap and humble invention that is far more easily...
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