History Book Club: Paper: Paging Through History
April 11, 2018
The History Book Club will meet to discuss Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky. Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability. By tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology’s influence, affirming that paper is here to stay.
Participation is free and open to the public.