CHAPTER THREE: Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone

Streissguth, Thomas
January 1997
Communications: Sending the Message;1997, p40
This article profiles Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. Alexander was the second of three sons born to Eliza and Melville Bell. Both his father and grandfather taught speech. From an early age, Alexander was also immersed in the problems of teaching deaf people to speak. To communicate with his mother, who was nearly deaf, Alexander had to stand closely and speak into her ear or use sign language, which he learned as a young boy. The science of acoustics which is the study of sound and how it travels, fascinated Bell. The scientists of his day had just discovered that sounds are made up of a series of invisible waves that move through the air.


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