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On the crumbling wall of a former C18th foundry in a small town in England, there is a short notice. It reads ›in this furnace, Abraham Derby first smelted iron ore with coke and thus began the modern age.‹ It is perhaps misleading to compare Abraham Derby’s extraordinary innovation with ›the world’s first laptop presentation‹ in Paris in 1992, and yet Robert Gaskins and his colleagues have to be credited with a development that has radically transformed the way in which knowledge is communicated and instantiated.
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- Knoblauch, Hubert 2013: PowerPoint, Communication, and the Knowledge Society, Cambridge: Cambridge University PressGoogle Scholar