First these two series of little books (about 64 pages) - Scientist who have changed the world and People who have helped the world – are incredible well done. They are small but they provide a complete account of each person life with an outstanding historical background and future developments of his discoveries.. They are also full of pictures with full explanations and outlined quotes.
The story of the invention of movable type and how printing led to a knowledge explosion.
Whenever they burn books they will also, in the end, burns human beings. (H. Heine).
“A room without books is as a body without a soul” (Lord Avebury)
“Johann Gutenberg invented printing before the middle of the fifteenth century. Typography is a more correct term, for what he did was to construct the apparatur for making movable metal letters of type and for using these to produce many copies , all alike, of a book” (G.P. Winship)
This is a quite well known story, but so not well it is the fact that in 1982 The times couldn’t print enough copy and a change in this situation was brought by Koenig’s steam printing machine with its 1100 copies per hour – “the greatest improvement to printing since its discovery”
The next was typesetting machine by Mergenthales as hand compision was a real bottleneck in the process.
Then lithography and digitalization…