Paper : Paging Through History

Paper : Paging Through History

Description

Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce and art. It has created civilisations, fostering the fomenting of revolutions and the stabilising of regimes. History's greatest press run produced 6.5 billion copies of Mao zhu xi yu lu, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Zedong) and Leonardo da Vinci left behind only 15 paintings but 4,000 works on paper. Now, on the cusp of "going paperless"-and amid speculation about the effects of a digitally dependent society-we've come to a world-historic juncture to examine what paper means to civilisation.

Through tracing paper's evolution, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology's influence, affirming that paper is here to stay. Paper will be the history that guides us forward in the twenty-first century.


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Details

Author(s)
Mark Kurlansky
Format
Hardback | 416 pages
Dimensions
168 x 244 x 33mm | 840g
Publication date
30 Jun 2016
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0393239616
ISBN13
9780393239614
Bestsellers rank
94,710