Listening to First Impressions The Printing Press

The Forum First Impressions: The Printing PressWe’re currently listing to The Forum on BBC World Service. Among its programme on BBC Sounds is First Impressions The Printing Press.

When the fifteenth century German entrepreneur Johannes Gutenberg pioneered the printing press, he made an indelible mark on the history of communication… a way to print pages in high quality and high quantities, using methods more efficient than everĀ  seen before.

Rajan Datar and guests explore the story of how the printing press was born, and how it changed our world – from the birth of the modern book to the rise of the information society, and the transformation of fields including scholarship and religion.

Rajan is joined by art historian Hala Auji, publisher Michael Bhaskar, scholar Cristina Dondi and the writer John Man. The running time is 41 minutes.

Photo: Circa 1450, A bas-relief of the German printing pioneer Johannes Gutenberg (c 1400 – 1468) checking his work while his assistant turns the press. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)