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Author Kurlansky, Mark, author.

Title Paper : paging through history / Mark Kurlansky.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    676.09 KUR    DUE 03-01-21 Billed
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Edition First edition.
Description xx, 389 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [347]-354) and index.
Contents Prologue: The technological fallacy -- Being human -- The moths that circle a Chinese candle -- The Islamic birth of literacy -- And where is Xátiva? -- Europe between two felts -- Making words soar -- The art of printing -- Out from Mainz -- Tenochtitlán and the blue-eyed devil -- The trumpet call -- Rembrandt's discovery -- The traitorous corruption of England -- Papering independence -- Diderot's promise -- Invitation from a wasp -- Advantages in the head -- To die like a gentleman -- Return to Asia -- Epilogue: change -- Appendix: Timeline.
Summary 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 civilizations, fostering the fomenting of revolutions and the stabilizing of regimes. Witness history's greatest press run, which produced 6.5 billion copies of Mao zhu xi yu lu, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Zedong), or the fact that Leonardo da Vinci left behind only 15 paintings but 4,000 works on paper. Now, on the cusp of "going paperless"--And amid rampant speculation about the effects of a digitally dependent society-we've come to a world-historic juncture to examine what paper means to civilization. Through tracing paper's evolution, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology's influence, affirming that paper is here to stay.
Subject Papermaking -- History.
Paper industry -- History.
ISBN 9780393239614 (hardcover)
0393239616 (hardcover)

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