Friday, December 28, 2007

Did Bell Invent The Telephone?

A new book"The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret written by Seth Shulman claims that Bell pinched ideas for his telephone from a rival, Elisha Gray.Bell's lab notebook which was digitised and widely available in 1999 gives details about the false starts he and his assistant Watson encountered when they tried transmitting sound over a wire.Then, after a 12-day gap in 1876 when Bell went to Washington to sort out patent questions about his work — he suddenly began trying another kind of voice transmitter which proved successful. The technique used was very similar to that which was listed in Gray's patent documents. Also Bell's transmitter design appears hastily written in the margin of his patent and he was quite nervous during his demonstration.

Source Yahoo News

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