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[Phys-L] Re: Why 60 hertz?

At 08:01 AM 3/26/2005, you wrote:
Bell did not invent
the telephone.

There is a mountain of evidence proving that Bell did, indeed, invent the
telephone. Granted, other people were working on similar (and
unsuccessful)ideas, but Bell was the first to successfully invent the
telephone. Bell faced many lawsuits from other so-called 'inventors' of
the telephone, yet they were never able to explain the theory and the
process of invention, as Bell was able to do.

Alison Innes
Education Coordinator
Bell Homestead National Historic Site

Dating Volta's pile to the turn of the century, the wet cell
less than a generation later [though it was 1861 before
Leclanche' came up with his cell], and Faraday's
researches to 1831 onwards, and supposing a 25 year
latency to market, there was a window of perhaps 25 years for
the wire telegraph to spark the idea for self-powered or cell-powered
phones until Elisha Gray and Alexander Bell raced their patent
applications to the Patent office on the same day (!).
Before the telegraph, there was the tube and horn,
and there were cans and strings, one might suppose.

Brian Whatcott Altus OK Eureka!
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