Yes, it is a press, certainly, but a press from which shall flow in inexhaustible streams the most abundant and most marvelous liquor that has ever flowed to relieve the thirst of men. Through it, God will spread His word; a spring of pure truth shall flow from it; like a new star it shall scatter the darkness of ignorance, and cause a light hithertofore unknown to shine among men.

—Attributed to Johannes Gutenberg, inventor and pioneer of the modern printing era (1398–1468)

Chapter Highlights

This chapter examines:

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