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Paper: Paging Through History

Paper: Paging Through History


作者  /  Mark Kurlansky

出版社 / W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

出版日期 / 2016/05/17

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 精裝

定價 / NT$980

售價 / 9折, NT$ 882

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《Cod》與《Salt》的《紐約時報》暢銷作家Mark Kurlansky,推出「紙」的歷史,訴說它如何以驚人的方式,塑造今日的人類世界。 

紙張是人類科技裡,最基本也最重要的部分之一。在過去的兩千年,人類不斷以更有效的方法製造紙張,促使了閱讀能力、教育、媒體、宗教、商業與藝術的蓬勃發展,也為文明打下基礎、宣揚革命與恢復穩定性。

只要觀察在歷史上最大規模的印刷品--65億本的毛澤東的《毛語錄》,還不包括翻譯成37種語言的版本與點字版,或是歷史上最受尊崇的藝術家之一達文西,只留下15幅畫作,卻在紙上留下了4000件作品;又或者當時仍屬英國殖民地的美國,雖然杯葛所有來自英國的商品,紙張卻成了唯一的例外:他們在英國的紙張上,撰寫了美國獨立宣言。藉由觀察這些歷史事件,就可以了解紙張的影響力。
現今,對於「無紙化」的討論,尤其當對於數位化社會所帶來影響力的討論變得日益興盛時,我們走到了世界歷史的重要關頭。數千年前,蘇格拉底與柏拉圖警告,文字將會成為「真正的知識」的終結,因為它取代了需要喚起記憶,以及思考複雜問題的必要性。類似的論點在從手抄書轉換為印刷書,以及討論現今電腦科技所扮演的角色時,都曾出現過。

Mark Kurlansky從古至今,追溯紙張的演化,強調紙張在亞洲與中東地區的貢獻,挑戰對於科技影響力的普遍認定,斷言紙張將持續存在。《Paper》將會是帶領我們在二十一世紀向前邁進的精彩商品史。

From the New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world.

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. One has only to look at history’s greatest press run, which produced 6.5 billion copies of Máo zhuxí yulu, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Zedong)—which doesn’t include editions in 37 foreign languages and in braille—to appreciate the range and influence of a single publication, in paper. Or take the fact that one of history’s most revered artists, Leonardo da Vinci, left behind only 15 paintings but 4,000 works on paper. And though the colonies were at the time calling for a boycott of all British goods, the one exception they made speaks to the essentiality of the material; they penned the Declaration of Independence on British paper.

Now, amid discussion of “going paperless”—and as speculation about the effects of a digitally dependent society grows rampant—we’ve come to a world-historic juncture. Thousands of years ago, Socrates and Plato warned that written language would be the end of “true knowledge,” replacing the need to excise memory and think through complex questions. Similar arguments were made about the switch from handwritten to printed books, and today about the role of computer technology. By tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology’s influence, affirming that paper is here to stay. Paper will be the commodity history that guides us forward in the twenty-first century and illuminates our times.







詳細資料

誠品26碼 /2681291036008
ISBN 13 /9780393239614
ISBN 10 /0393239616
EAN /9780393239614

頁數416
尺寸23.5X15.5CM
裝訂精裝
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語言英文
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