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One of the most important inventions of the
Renaissance was the Printing Press.
In the Middle Ages books were written by
hand, by monks and scholars, and therefore
were few in number.
The Printing Press lead to the creation of
thousands of copies of books, containing no
mistakes, and had a dramatic impact on
Medicine during this time.
This meant that the books containing these
new ideas could be spread quickly and
accurately. They also were able to contain
detailed drawings made by artists such
as Leonardo da Vinci, which accompanied the…read more

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Gutenberg (1398 ­ 1468)
Was born in the German
city of Mainz
Gutenberg invented the
printing press in 1445.
a German blacksmith,
goldsmith, printer, and
publisher
Introduced printing to…read more

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Gutenberg
1445 ­ Guttenberg devised an alloy of lead,
tin and antinomy that would melt at low a
temperature, cast well in the die, and is
durable in the press. The mirror image of
each letter (rather than entire words or
phrases), was carved in relief on a small
block. Individual letters, easily movable,
were put together to form words, separated
by blank spaces. Lines of type were brought
together to make up a page. Since letters
could be arranged into any format, an
infinite variety of texts could be printed by
reusing and resetting the type.…read more

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block-books
Block printing first came to Europe as a
method for printing on cloth.
Paper became easily accessible around 1400.
Around the mid-fifteenth-century, block-
books, woodcut books with both text and
images carved into the same block, emerged
as a cheaper alternative to manuscripts and
books.
the Ars moriendi and the Biblia
pauperum were the most popular
woodcuts were not adequately durable as…read more

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Humanist Philosophy
Previously scholars had been guided by
the teachings of the church.The writings
of ancient, pagan Greece and Rome had
been ignored. Humanists learnt to read
Greek and ancient Latin, and they sought
out manuscripts that had lain
undisturbed for nearly 2,000 years.
The humanists rediscovered writings on
scientific matters, government, rhetoric,
philosophy, and art. They were
influenced by the knowledge of these
ancient civilizations and by the emphasis…read more

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