The History of Making Books: Build a Printing Press at MIT

The History of Making Books: Build a Printing Press at MIT

A group of MIT students briefly put away their cell phones this spring to concentrate on a much older information storage and retrieval device: the book. In a hands-on humanities class — Making Books: The Renaissance and Today — students gained insights about early books and book-making technology, not least by actually making paper and building a handset printing press, the kind of press on which the great documents of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution were printed. (Learn more about the build: http://news.mit.edu/2016/mens-et-manus-mit-history-workshop-0610)

Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT

Additional footage: Jonathan Sachs
Historical printing image: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Music sampled from, “Beat The Burglar” by Scott Holmes
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Music_For_Commercial_Use_Volume_2/Scott_Holmes_-_10_-_Beat_The_Burglar
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


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