Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention



Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention
Charlotte Gray's biography takes the popular image of Alexander Graham Bell and delves into the man behind the genius; it's a rare look into the figure that helped revolutionize the modern world. From an early age Bell possessed exceptional hearing and developed an interest in sound. Upon moving to the United States, he joined the race for inventing the 'speaking telegraph.' With his innate talent and understanding of how sound waves might relate to electrical waves, he pulled ahead among his rival inventors. His background, training, and personality lent themselves well to being an effective teacher for the hearing impaired. He ended his career while in the race to develop the airplane. Bell's life was in constant tension between the pulls of scientific breakthroughs and the urge to improve the lives' of the deaf.

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