Alexander Graham Bell; Making Connections / Edition 1

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Alexander Graham Bell surely fits his own definition of an inventor: "A man who looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world." This compelling biography of a true scientific visionary charts the course of Bell's remarkable life, showing how his early studies of speech and sound and his experience as an instructor of the deaf--the occupation that he considered to be his true life's work--led to his invention of the telephone in 1876. With the money that he earned from the telephone, Bell indulged his passion for all things scientific. He was one of the early pioneers of aviation, played a key role in the growth of the National Geographic Society, and provided generous support to other struggling scientists.
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"A well-written and engaging narrative."--The Horn Book Guide

"This extremely useful book concentrates more on Bell's work as an educator and inventor than on his personal life. Two-to-three page inserts explain the various scientific principles discussed in the main text.... Glimpses of the man behind the scientist are given in a lively, yet informative fashion.... Although there are many books on Bell available, this one is a worthy addition to any collection."--School Library Journal (starred review)

"An excellent brief life of a complicated figure and his time...includes useful sidebars explaining the workings of a telephone and a photophone and basic facts on speech and sound.... An excellent survey of the fascinating life of a great inventor and teacher. I heartily recommend it."--Isis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195123210
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Oxford Portraits in Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Naomi Pasachoff, a research associate at Williams College, is the author of Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity.

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