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Making it into print video icon

History & The Arts 

Making it into print

Follow Confessions from manuscript to magazine to book. 

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5 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Music Printing

From the middle of the 15th century onwards, the intellectual and cultural life of the West was revolutionised by the development of the printing press. This album explores the technological problems and solutions specific to the printing of music and shows how technology has transformed the way music scores are produced today. The five video tracks examine early music printing processes, 20th century photo lithography and the invention Sibelius, the music programme that changed everything. This material forms part of TA212 Technology of Music.

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35 mins
The discovery that changed our view of Gutenberg article icon

History & The Arts 

The discovery that changed our view of Gutenberg

Close examination of Gutenberg texts revealed evidence that required us to rethink how he worked.

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What Did Gutenberg Invent? - The  printing process article icon

History & The Arts 

What Did Gutenberg Invent? - The printing process

Gutenberg is credited with inventing the printing process but what, exactly, did he invent? The details are somewhat sparse.

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 Printing Revolution article icon

History & The Arts 

Printing Revolution

Before the printing revolution, books had to be written by hand, making them very expensive. Afterwards books became consumer products.

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What Did Gutenberg Invent? article icon

History & The Arts 

What Did Gutenberg Invent?

Gutenberg is credited with having invented printing using movable type. It has been assumed that the process he invented around 1450 was the method that continued to be used for another 500 years. But Paul Needham and Blaise Aguera y Arcas have made a new discovery that throws doubt on that.

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History & The Arts 

What Did Gutenberg Invent?: Conclusions

It appears that the development of modern printing might not have been as swift as we once believed

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