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Wadhams Free Library Muddy Fuddy Duddy Lecture: The Gutenberg Universe with Colin Wells
April 15, 2015 @ 7:30 pm| Free
The Wadhams Free Library announces the Second Annual Muddy Fuddy Duddy Lectures on Wednesday April 15th The Gutenberg Universe and April 29th at 7:30pm New Voices for a New Age.
Last year Westport writer Colin Wells inaugurated this series with “The Alphabet Revolution,” about the impact of alphabetic writing in ancient times. This year he follows the story into the modern age, focusing on how print technology ushered in the era of mass communication.
The first Lecture “The Gutenberg Universe” will take place on: April 15 at 7:30PM.
This lecture describes how the Chinese inventions of printing and paper made their way to the West, and how the German blacksmith and inventor Johannes Gutenberg modified them in the late 15th century to make a perfect fit with the alphabet. By suddenly making books and other uniform texts widely and cheaply available, printing allowed the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.
This is a free event open to the community.