Printing Press Research Paper

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For centuries technology and inventions from cars, spaceships, televisions, and cameras to computers have all changed the world dramatically. With all of these inventions comes something bigger and greater and we have all benefited from the inventions. The printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439 is one invention that has changed the world the most. In this paper, I will discuss and defend why the printing press was the most useful invention and still is to this day. I will discuss how the printing press was made and how it has changed the world through centuries.
The literacy rate was high in northern Europe during the late fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This along with the desire to promote church reform caused the founding
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Not all people are creative enough to come up with an idea for an invention to solve problems. People don’t really know what they need until it’s made for them. Johannes Gutenberg was smarter than that. He knew that there was a need to be able to make books faster and more accessible so he worked out a solution and created an invention that no one else had thought of before. Instead of hiring professional scribes to hand-letter books, he built a machine to mass create books. Thousands could be made by only one man. That’s exactly what he did and boy did it work. The thing with inventions and technology is that it just takes one idea. Johannes Gutenberg might not have had the luxury to own books on his own, so he might have thought of a solution to create his own books. Like most inventors or creative people, it’s hard to come up with an idea off the top of your head and make it an extraordinary invention. Sometimes we need a little help or a spark of inspiration from other artists or inventors. It is said that Johannes Gutenberg got the idea of a new means of printing from a Dutch artist. After about four years of planning and thinking, Johannes Gutenberg got a loan and created the first prototype for the printing press. Soon thereafter the printing was at full force and people all over Europe had a copy of Johannes Gutenberg’s first Bible. With the accessibility and cheap cost, people could read the Bible for the first time. Before then, religion was told through stories and passed down through generation. Only the rich and wealthy had access to read the words themselves before just anyone could have a copy. Much like the printing presses today, Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press consisted of metal blocks that had carved letters on them. Multiple

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