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Everything we know about history has been recorded through some form of written communication Many people today take the ballpoint pen for granted but this amazing invention has allowed for the writing of novels the composition of music and sketching of masterpieces In fact until seventy years ago the ballpoint pen didnt exist This seemingly simple invention took thousands of years to create The ballpoint pen is a combination of fascinating history incredible ingenuity and a perfect demonstration of physics The pen has a very complex and interesting history Since ancient times people have needed a way to write down their thoughts and stories in order to remember them and for traditions to be passed down to future generations At first people communicated with cave paintings and cuneiform which consisted of pictures and glyphs pressed into clay These early glyphs were pictures that represented their meaning exactly Over time the glyphs became less complex and began to represent sounds instead of whole ideas spawning the beginnings of an alphabet After hundreds of years of using cuneiform people soon realized that carrying around bulky clay tablets was impractical and began to search for new ways to record their writing The ancient Chinese invented the first inks around 1200 BC by combining soot and oil along with berries plants and other minerals The invention of ink also created a need for paper and before long the ancient Egyptians Romans and Greeks were all using papyrus a paper-like material made from pressing together fibers from grasses With the invention of both paper and ink modern communication techniques were first developed The ancient Romans were the first civilization to create a primitive fountain pen They used hollowed bamboo stems filled with ink and chiseled one end of the stem into a point By squeezing the stem ink was forced onto the point As time went on Europeans created their own writing utensil- the quill a feather taken from
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