Everyone who was born without a smartphone in their crib knows how a printing press works... in theory. You line up the type, ink up the slate, slap a piece of paper on, and then press down to print. Easy money. But the beauty of these historically important devices is in the details.
It is a little-known but undisputed historical fact that Johannes Gutenberg did not invent the printing press. Though the Gutenberg Bible was certainly the first mass produced printed work, it was hardly the first printed book — nor was it even the first made using movable type. Chinese and Korean inventors had been…
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