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Gutenberg: In the Beginning Was the Printer

Neil MacGregor examines how Johannes Gutenberg's inventions led to the birth of the book as we know it. For many, it is the moment at which the modern world began.

Neil MacGregor examines the life and legacy of Johannes Gutenberg, who invented moveable type and pioneered the printing press. For many, it is the moment at which the modern world began, as the book as we know it was born. It is without doubt the point at which access to knowledge stopped being the privilege of the few.

Producer Paul Kobrak.

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