NC State
P.E. Wrist. Paper in the age of information. A brief historical perspective of the role of paper in the communication of information. In Papermaking Raw Materials, Trans. of the VIIIth Fund. Res. Symp. Oxford, 1985, (V. Punton, ed.), pp 927–938, FRC, Manchester, 2018.


In today’s world paper plays many parts. It announces our arrival and our departures and it records the other significant moments of our lives. It protects our purchases, and brings us produce from far away places. It soothes our sneezes, strains our coffee, adorns our party tables and absorbs our incontinence. Indeed, if you have ever existed before there was an abundant supply of paper. Yet, barely a hundred years ago, paper was a scarce and precious resource. There are those today who foretell a future equally parsimonious in its use. Indeed they ask, “Is there a future for paper in the Age of Information?”.







Download PDF