Learning: The Mind's Ear

They cannot see — but they hunger to learn. A blind college physics student wants to know what is in a four-part book on quantum mechanics written in Greek, Latin, German and English. A sightless theologian needs to absorb Reinhold Niebuhr's The Nature and Destiny of Man. A farmer must learn the contents of Modern Fruit Science. An aspiring salesman pleads to know The Five Great Rules of Selling.

The only practical way to get such knowledge from the printed page into the brain of a blind man is through his ear (Braille...

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