"Adventures of the Book: From the Clay Tablet and the Papyrus Scroll to the Cyberbook." UC Davis Honors Program seminar.
- The Books that Shaped History
BBC audio-visual program. Excellent stills and other illustrations, in both color and b&w. Covers the transition from writing to movable-type printing by contrasting early modern manuscript books with the earliest Gutenberg Bible. Discussioin of Isaac Newton’s student notebooks, or his "paper laboratory."
- Revealing the Lost Codex of Archimedes
Museum curator William Noel describes how a 2 thousand year old manuscript was cut-up and re-used, in the 13th century CE, by first attempting to erase the original content, and then writing another, quite different text on top of it. In this fascinating example of an important palimpsest--the term scholars use to refer to text hiding beneath a more recent text, the lost text turns out to be manuscripts by Greek mathematician Archimedes (c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC).
- Hidden Treasures of the Library of Congress
- Gutenberg, Paper, and the Spread of Movable Type Printing
Brief clip from episode four of a ten-episode BBC television series originally broadcast in 1978.