Globalizing the Printed Word, from Germany to Ogden The original printing press was an astounding invention for its time. Originally created in 1440, the press can be considered one of the greatest technological advances in history. It allowed people to share knowledge with each other. And it all started with Johannes Gutenberg. Johannes Gutenberg’s Influence Gutenberg gave us the tools to come out of the Dark Ages. He created a printing press and thereby began to spread literacy and knowledge across the world. The printing press duplicated books infinitely faster than people could copy them by hand. He made the most spiritual, theoretical and scientific knowledge around easily accessible to the middle and lower classes of men. All the people had to do was learn to read to open up a whole new world. Spreading knowledge is the best way to educate the nation and improve upon ideas. Common people reading about and improving upon new ideas fueled the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Ideas began floating around everywhere. The Printing Press and the Bible The common man starting visiting his brother to discuss the intricacies of the most complex scientific formula, or asking a preacher about the meaning of certain doctrine. Gutenberg’s first project was to print large orders of bibles and distribute them amongst the masses. Up to this point, if you weren’t a leader of the Catholic Church, it was heresy to translate the bible for the masses. People were put on trial for attempting such a feat. With the invention of the printing press however, the means to print a translated bible became easily available. Martin Luther did just that when he began questioning the Catholic Church. By his influence, the bible was translated into everyday German, causing people to question the established order of things. Eventually enough people broke off to start a church, and the Protestant Reformation was born. Over the past 600 years, knowledge was continually passed down through books from father to son, family to organization, and generation to generation until now. Today we have access to millions of books containing the writings of great minds like Pluto, Martin Luther and John Locke. These writings are readily made available to people all over the world, including in places like Ogden, UT. Thanks to modern practices, the time in which it takes to print a book today equates to a matter of minutes, as opposed to the months or years it used to take to copy a single book by hand. The printing press started the revolution that would eventually bring us our modern day Laser Jet and Cannon printers. If not for it, we would likely be stuck in the Dark Ages. There would be no way to learn, or improve upon good ideas. Thanks to Gutenberg, knowledge is readily available at every corner on the street. Gutenberg’s belief in spreading knowledge is continued today. The Gutenberg Project is built off of this concept. The people there make available every public domain book in existence, for free. They make public knowledge available to anyone who wants it. If you are looking for a partner for printing in Ogden, call one of our printing professionals to get started today.
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