Interesting article about a bookbinder.
There are two aspects to Michael Greer’s work that catch the attention. The first is his work doing leather bindings/rebindings for books. The other is a specific book that he created, namely Genesis in “binary.” I wondered when I first read the article, ASCII, EBCDIC or something else? Binary is a system for representing numbers, not letters, so you have to have another layer of interpretation. The comments cleared that up (it’s ASCII).
Greer said, “I liked the irony, but I also liked what it said about the longevity of a book as a repository of information. ” So really it’s a hardcopy backup of a text, that, given the lack of people who can sight-read binary-encoded ASCII, would have to be scanned (or typed) into a computer system in order to display it as English.
Why not? In some far off time when quantum computers are the only kind around, it could turn into a Rosetta stone that allows the walk between Roman letters and stored bits found in old media archives. And it’s prettier than punched cards.