Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone: The Invention That by Samuel Willard Crompton

By Samuel Willard Crompton

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell uttered the phrases that may inaugurate a brand new period in human verbal exchange: 'Mr. Watson, come the following, i need to work out you'. Bell used to be talking via his new invention: the phone. notwithstanding his identify is the 1st to be linked to this now ubiquitous gadget, Bell used to be now not operating in a vacuum or fullyyt on his personal. the second one 1/2 the nineteenth century was once a time of serious innovation, within which many of us have been experimenting with a number of designs for machines to let human communique over nice distances. Bell was once easily the 1st to win a patent. "Alexander Graham Bell and the phone" tells the tale of the fellow who invented the phone, the folks who helped him, and the alterations that happened due to one of many maximum innovations of all time.

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Improvements Bell, it seemed, never had the luxury of working on one thing at a time. This was in part because of his temperament: He always accepted new challenges and took on new projects. It was also because his romantic quest was intertwined with his quest for invention. Now that he had revealed his interest in Mabel Hubbard, his relationship with Gardiner Greene Hubbard became more important than ever. It was quite apparent that the older man wanted to rein in the younger one. If only Bell would concentrate on one ­thing—­the harmonic ­telegraph—­he would make enough money so that one day he could marry Mabel, live comfortably, and be free to pursue his other interests.

Several years in the planning, the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 commemorated the nation’s birthday: It was 100 years since Thomas Jefferson had penned the Declaration of Independence. Meant as more than just a commemoration, the Centennial Exhibition was intended to show off American ­know-­how and ingenuity to the rest of the world. All of the most recent American ­ inventions—­including two enormous Corliss steam ­engines—­were on view, and visitors could go to literally hundreds of exhibits on everything from the sewing machine to the typewriter, and perhaps even the telephone.

In the nineteenth century, people did not ascribe such disasters to bad luck or misfortune; they took for granted that life was dangerous and that disease abounded. Science was making remarkable strides in that century, but medical knowledge had not yet made the same inroads, and a vaccine for tuberculosis was still years away. Then, as if there was no end to the run of tragic loss, Melly Bell came down with tuberculosis. He died in the spring of 1870, leaving his widow, Carrie Bell, but no children.

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