Free Knowledge Culture Calendar/November 22

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Johannes Gutenberg - Lettre d’indulgence (pour l’expédition contre les Turcs et la défense de Chypre), (Mayence, Johannes Gutenberg, 1455) - Google Art Project.jpg

Today in 1454 Johannes Gutenberg printed his first dateable (and profitable) print product: one of thousands of indulgences. The ability to serve the religious market with masses of cheap print products was an impressive performance demonstration of the underlying movable-type printing technology. Although it was originally invented in China as early as 1040 A.D. (read: about 2,500 years earlier), this finally led to its widespread adoption which later also benefited dissemination of actual knowledge, serving the Renaissance and scientific revolution.


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