Who developed printing?

The concept of printing is defined as the process of transferring repeatable designs onto a surface. The first printing was done by the Mesopotamians in 3000 B.C. The Mesopotamians used stamps to impress designs onto wet clay. 

However printing on paper developed much later; Ts’ai Lun (50 AD-121 AD), a Chinese inventor produced the first paper in 105 A.D. Chinese books were printed with inked wood blocks during the T’and Dynasty (618 A.D. -907 A.D.). The Chinese allowed printers to compose a master page from permanent raised character.  However movable-type printing did not catch on in medieval China as printers found it more convenient to use carved blocks.


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