Children's Literature - Hazel BuysThe telephone is arguably the single most important invention for human communication since the printing press. Early forms of communication, such as signal flags, drumming, smoke signals, rock or clay slabs for writing, messengers on foot or horseback, and paper and ink, were slow or limited in the information that they could send. Although mankind had been familiar with the theory of how sound travels from the mid-200s B.C., it was not until the 19th century that the telephone was invented, credited alternately to Antonio Meucci (around 1849) and Alexander Graham Bell (1876). But it was Bell who laid the groundwork for the telephone as we know it today. After initial resistance, the use of the telephone expanded with lighting speed. The first central switchboard was in use by 1878, then long distance lines were established and by 1915, people in North America and Europe could talk to each other. The first pay phone was installed in 1889. The impact of the invention of the telephone on everyday life today is so vast that it is difficult to measure. The explosion of related inventions such as the fax machine, TDD/TYY, walkie-talkies, pagers, PDAs, computers, and the Internet, is also having great impact on the way we conduct our personal and business lives. This summary of the invention of the telephone is accompanied by bright graphics and informative photographs. The closing page has a glossary and an index. This book would be a good addition to a middle school science class or library and also would provide a useful introduction to an older reader.
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