Words -- they are the building blocks of communication, the foundation of human interaction.  The ability to share our thoughts with others through words is so basic that it's often taken for granted. 

The next step, recording those words in some enduring fashion, allows us to expand our influence beyond simple one-to-one communication, turning individual experience into shared history.

Take a journey through history, as we look at technologies that have enabled us to capture the essence of human thought, in the Words gallery.