Alexander Graham Bell: Making Connections by Naomi Pasachoff

By Naomi Pasachoff

Examines the character in addition to the idea methods which led this inventor to his discoveries that have helped our figuring out of the flora and fauna.

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33 Alexander Graham Bell One of the students brought to work with Bell (and later with a teacherin-training under his supervision) at Boston University was Mabel Hubbard. At the time of their first meeting, she was a month short of her 16th birthday. The Hubbards were at the time not living in their Cambridge house, just across the river from Boston, but were dividing their time between New York and Washington. They had arranged for Mabel to stay with cousins in Cambridge so that she could study with the young professor.

Thinking about his electrical experiments, Bell also reached the conclusion that "theoretically you might, by magneto electricity, create such a current. If you could only take ... a good chunk of magnetized steel, and vibrate it in front of the pole of an electromagnet, you would get the kind of current we wanted. . " He did not yet know, however, how to get such a "chunk" of steel to vibrate. On July 26, 1874, Bell was inside his parents' house, working with the instrument designed around the human "Great Discoveries and Inventions ear that Dr.

When the sound waves hit the listener's ear, that person hears a replication of the speaker's voice. 57 Alexander Graham Bell text continued from page 55 that rejection "was another piece of good fortune for us all. " By this time a full year had passed since Alec and Mabel had become engaged, and the once-hopeful young man was beginning to worry that he would never have enough money to support a wife. In the winter and spring of 1877, however, it became clear that many people would pay to see the telephone demonstrated, just as they might to attend an evening's theatrical performance.

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