All of the content of this blog post can be found in the book Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer and can be found on pages 140-145. 


Did you know that books were created to replace the memory? That they soon developed from replacing the memory to serve as a memory aid instead?

Did you know that basic punctuation marks weren’t invented until 200 B.C.? That even then only a single dot existed to point out the length of pause at the end of a sentence?


Did you know that this  ^ (scriptio continua) was how transcription was used in Ancient Greece?

Did you know that reading aloud was the norm?




Did you know that in order to read scriptio continua the reader needed to have had some familiarity with the content, that they would have had some memory of the text in order to convey the content properly?




Did you know that scrtipio continua is very similar to how to we speak? When we speak, we don’t speak with spaces, just word after word, and this is one of the reasons why it is difficult for technology to recognize speech.


Some other interesting facts about books:

Before the sixteenth century bookshelves storing books with outward facing spines hadn’t been invented yet.

Books were heavy and not very portable. Even a single volume could weigh more than 10 pounds.

The thirteenth century was the first time that the Bible could be referred to without the reader having previously read and memorized it.

Bound spines, page numbers, alphabetical indexes, and table of contents helped change the entire essence of what a book was.

Indexes allowed books to be references in a non-linear way.


I hope you enjoyed this informative post as much as I enjoyed reading them in this book. Moonwalking with Einstein was the most interesting book I have read in a long time and I found my self learning something new in each chapter.


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