Thursday, January 31, 2008


A great piece of revisionist history. It appears that Alexander Graham Bell may not have invented the telephone. A new book argues that he stole the design from Elisha Gray. In the regular telling of events, Gray and Bell discovered the same thing at the same time, but Bell beat him to the patent office.

So powerful is this tearing down of a historical myth (though the book is not at all a hatchet-job) it reminds me of the episode of the Simpsons where Lisa discovers the towns founder was in fact a pirate.

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