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Title page from an Aldine Press book c. 1531

This image is a title page from an Aldine Press book, circa 1531. Aldus Manutius was a Roman printer who arrived in Venice at the end of the 15th Century. The Aldine Press printing office was started by Aldus and became famous in the history of typography. The press was the first to issue small (easy to carry), affordable books.

There is a connection between the European Renaissance and the technological discoveries in Silicon Valley. Both technological eras produced great information revolutions.

Five hundred years ago in renaissance Europe, it was the invention of the printing press and the evolution of small, affordable books that created an information revolution.

In Silicon Valley, it has been the invention of the personal computer and the evolution of the Internet that has created a new information revolution.

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