Teaching, that noble profession, has a curious effect on a curious mind. The rigorous study required to instruct, the enthusiasm necessary to convey that knowledge past the resistance of the pupil, all this can create a passion for a subject strong enough to change the world.
For a certain educator from Renaissance Italy, that passion drove him to a late-life career change from tutor to the wealthy to publisher. Like a modern-day Silicon Valleyentrepreneur, Aldus Manutius dropped his former life and with his investors launched a business based on a risky new technology: moveable type. Aldus did this with the goal of preserving the Greek classics in their original language, providing his contemporaries with access to the ancient wisdom that he and his
fellow humanist so valued.