The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secretby Seth Shulman
Pub. Date: 01/07/2008
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
A gripping intrigue at the heart of one of the world’s most important inventions. See more details below
A gripping intrigue at the heart of one of the world’s most important inventions.
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This book is hard to put down. It is very well researched and written! The author has done fantastic detective work and makes his case that Bell saw Elisha Gray's patent first and then altered his, using influence to get his patent entered first. The author started reluctantly down this path and had to prove it to himself as well as scientists and historians he knew at MIT's Dibner Institute before he wrote the book. In my opinion, simply ignore any negative review(s). This is a must-read. In fact, there are modern examples of similar tactics with patents but it is still shocking to see an iconic figure such as Bell perpetrating and benefitting from such deceit. You'll love this book.
A truly captivating factual write-up. I'm submitting it to my bookclub as my selection.
No mention of Antonio Meucci, who was using his working telephone when Bell was still 4 years old? Meucci and Bell's stories are where the real smoking gun lies. Focusing on E.G. is an old story and misses the boat. Embarrassing that Meucci is not mentioned here, at least not in the official synopsis. Hopefully it's in the book beyond just a passing reference.