Why do we credit Gutenberg, who lived from 1398 to 1468, with the invention of movable type, when this innovation was known in China by the 11th century and in Korea in the 13th century? See History of Printing in East Asia. We ought to get the basic historical facts correct; yet I, along with many others, was taught that Gutenberg invented the technology behind modern printing.
The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester provides an insightful look into how many innovations developed in China much earlier than previously thought. I now realize that many facts that I had thought were correct, such as Gutenberg’s invention, were far from the truth.
When I get a chance, I am going to revise Gutenberg’s entry in Wikipedia.