Telephone and Alexander Graham Bell

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TELEPHONE

One of the greatest life changing inventions was the telephone. Electronic communication first began with the telegraph that allowed simple sentences to be tapped out over a telegraph line. In 1873, Alexander Graham Bell, along with Thomas Watson, an electrician helping Bell, began experimenting with a “harmonic telegraph” which he hoped would allow multiple communications to be transmitted simultaneously over the same pair of telegraph wires. By 1874 he was also working on a method to transmit human speech by wire. On June 2, 1875, while Bell was experimenting with his harmonic telegraph, he discovered that he could hear sound of a vibrating spring over the wire. Bell was excited with his discovery and was encouraged to continue his race to invent the telephone.

March 10, 1876 was the birth of the telephone. On that day, Bell uttered a simple sentence that changed the world of communication forever. Some people say that Bell had spilt acid on his hand and it was burning so he yelled out “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you!”. At that moment the same sound was heard traveling over the wires. This marked the first phone call ever. On June 25, 1876, Bell demonstrated his telephone at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia which was the first public demonstration of what would be known by all as the first telephone.

Bell was determined to invent the telephone because the telegraph was inefficient and only a few trained people could actually use Morse Code and most could not translate it. Bell believed people needed an easier, better way of communicating. The telephone made life easier because people were now able to talk with friends or relatives that lived farther away. If there had not been the telephone, it might have taken them days or weeks to travel the distance to see them. In the event of emergencies, the telephone allowed people to get help faster and more efficiently. Businesses could reach their clients and their...
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