Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Day the Universe Changed - episode 4

A Matter of Fact: Printing Transforms Knowledge

The medieval world which relied largely on memorized knowledge and the spoken word was transformed by Gutenberg's discovery of the printing press. This new knowledge is examined and connections are drawn to subsequent revolutions in Western thought.






Presented by veteran BBC historian and science reporter James Burke this series explores influences of discoveries and shared knowledge on the perception of the Universe and man's place in it. James Burke looks at times when new knowledge or discoveries has altered that thinking and explores the cultural changes those discoveries effected.

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