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The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

by Seth Shulman
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A gripping intrigue at the heart of one of the world’s most important inventions.

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ISBN-13: 9780393062069
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/07/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Seth Shulman is an author, editor, and journalist specializing in issues in science, technology, and the environment. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
ExVivre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Telephone Gambit is journalist Seth Shulman's chronicle of his delvings into history and a remarkable tale of intrigue and deceit at the heart of the telephone invention story.While researching for a book on Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, Shulman ponders Bell's great imaginative leap from his telegraphic research to a working model of the telephone. Curious, he studies Bell's hastily drawn diagram of the telephone and later discovers its indisputable source: the "secret" caveat filing of rival telegraphic genius Elisha Gray at the U.S. Patent Office. What follows is an interesting evaluation of the motives, means and opportunities behind one of the boldest thefts in the history of science, and Shulman's thoughts on what this says about our accepted wisdom.All in all, it's a quick and very pleasant read to stimulate the thought. While some might appreciate a more "academic" treatment of the material, I found this journalistic approach related better to a modern lay-historian trying to understand the past. I freely recommend this to anyone with interests in the history of science or inventions.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly captivating factual write-up. I'm submitting it to my bookclub as my selection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.