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The Machine That Made Us

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Stephen Fry, writer and actor, gathers a team of craftsmen to help him build a copy of Gutenberg's printing press and sets himself the task of learning how to make the paper and type to print as Gutenberg once did. These practical trials and tests demonstrate the brilliance of Gutenberg's invention and bring the man and his machine to life. Also investigates why printing mattered so much to Gutenberg and his contemporaries, exploring the political and religious turmoil that shaped Gutenberg's world.

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