The Telephone and Its Several Inventors

The Telephone and Its Several Inventors

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On March 7, 1876, the U.S. Patent Office issued to a young inventor named Alexander Graham Bell what is arguably the most valuable patent ever: entitled qimprovements in telegraphy, q in truth it secured for Bell the basic principles involved in a telephone. On the same day that Bell filed his patent application, a caveat (a preliminary patent document) was filed by Elisha Gray. This coincidence sparked the first of many debates over whether Bell was the true inventor of the telephone. In the early 1860s Johann Phillipp Reis developed a version of the instrument, but his claims against Bell were hampered by the bungling of his lawyers in demonstrating his instrument in court. This work is a first look at the many men who developed the telephone and an examination of their claims against Bell's patent. A lay description of the phone is also provided, as well as a history of the development of the telephone system.The same thing can be said of modern repeatered telephone cables. ... The station was damaged, but the cable circuit was not interrupted. This fact was ... This cable is a coaxial type cable and can carry 1, 380 telephone conversations.

Title:The Telephone and Its Several Inventors
Author: Lewis Coe
Publisher:McFarland - 2006-01

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