As a species we benefit from advances that came before us. Take 15th-century blacksmith Johannes Gutenberg, famous for inventing a printing press that used moveable type. The seemingly simple act of reproducing the written word in large volume made access to books common and inevitable. It changed the way we communicate ideas over distance and time, and it paved the way for the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution.
More than 550 years after the invention of the printing press, it’s now possible for an individual with the right tools—a computer and an internet connection, in most cases—to have unfettered access to history’s most important information. It’s the royal library of Alexandria at your fingertips, and it can’t burn down.
Here at Mediander, we like to think we’re at the forefront of another communications revolution. Our breakthrough search algorithm not only provides access to nearly limitless amounts of information, but also offers a unique universe of contextual relationships that were previously unavailable. Science teaches us that nothing exists in a vacuum. As such, all information is related to other information. Mediander is based on this principle of connection.
Let’s give Gutenberg the Mediander treatment. A simple query on mediander.com gives us detailed information about the German inventor—text, videos and books. Once we select the CONNECTS button, 50 related connections appear. Take a look—#7 woodblock printing, #9 the Scientific Revolution, #44 Martin Luther and his #8 95 Theses, #27 The History of Books, among many more related topics. Make any of these your “Anchor” and you can plunge even deeper.
And that’s just for starters. You can also search our extensive video library or launch a shop, where dozens of books relevant to Gutenberg are available. The opportunities to discover are limitless. And this can be achieved for any subject.
We hope you’ll explore the ever-deepening pool of human experience and knowledge on Mediander. As we like to say, it’s all about context.
Try it yourself!
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