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The Sebir that created the Printing Press

Background

In 1450, a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher Johannes Gutenberg was searching for a way to automate printing. He observed that different types of presses, particularly coin stampers and wine presses, not only allowed direct pressure to be applied to a surface but also impressed a shape

Goal

Improve the efficiency of recording words

Problem

Recording words required them to be handwritten

Sebir

The efficiency of printing was dramatically increased through adapting the operation of a press so that it impressed an ink-containing pattern of letters

The paper surface received the letter text because it was impressed into it in precisely defined shapes

Association Comment

Johannes Gutenberg 'associated' the ability of different types of presses to impress a pattern to a flat surface and adapted it to create a printing press, which had the ability to impress text characters onto paper

Historic Impact

Johannes Gutenberg's perseverance led to the invention of the printing press