Did You Know...Fascinating Printing Facts
Did you know... King Henry VIII spearheaded the printing movement in England? The infamous monarch granted a royal charter to fund the development of Cambridge University Press in 1534. As the world's oldest printing operation, Cambridge has been operating nearly non-stop since 1584, when the first "CU Press" title rolled off its presses. Today, the printer publishes more than 2,000 titles a year that are distributed to 200-plus countries.
Did you know... The first American paper notes were printed in denominations of cents, not dollars? Issued in 1862 to help finance the Civil War, the first American currency was printed in 1-cent, 5-cents, 25-cents and 50-cents denominations.
Did you know... The oldest surviving, printed book is the Buddhist "Diamond-Sutra," dated 868 AD?
Did you know... The invention of the printing press was instrumental in the "Scientific Revolution?" As printing presses began popping up in towns across Europe, more secular books were printed, especially those relating to science. Scientists working on the same/similar issues could now record, print and, ultimately, share it with other scientists in faraway places. That accurate (not potentially miscopied) information was the cornerstone of communicating and advancing scientific knowledge.
Did you know... Einstein praised the printing press, noting it was an important agent in the transformation of learning and the rise of modern scientific thought? Einstein believed the printing press transformed the educational process and the student/teacher relationship, as well as the research process. Technical textbooks became silent teachers, easily available to students. He noted in his writings that updated editions, especially mathematical ones, provided students with knowledge that would eventually surpass not only their instructors, but the wisdom of ancients.
Did you know... The Renaissance most likely would not have taken place without the help of the printing press? This revered invention made it possible to print ideas about a new philosophy known as Humanism (the resurgence of ancient Greek and Roman classic manuscripts/teachings)—in the form of papers, pamphlets and books—and disseminate them to Renaissance men everywhere.