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Alexander Graham Bell

by Leonard Everett Fisher

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Alexander Graham Bell was a man of boundless enthusiasm and intelligence, and this picture book does well to capture this. It follows the life of Alexander (later to be known by the nickname of "Aleck") from his young boyhood in Edinburgh, and through the course of his many inventive endeavors in the United States.

The reader learns that Alexander Graham Bell's family were among the brightest intellectuals of Edinburgh. As a whole, the family was enraptured with speech and filled with compassion for those living with speech disabilities. From an early age, Alexander became consumed with the interest of using the human voice to communicate clearly.

The book talks about the Visual Speech system designed by Alexander's father and helped to serve as a pretext for much of Alexander's later studies, and the arduous road that led to the eventual invention of the telephone. Additionally, while the telephone is arguably the most well known of all Alexander Graham Bell's inventions, other lesser known inventions are also discussed throughout the text: the spectraphone, metal detector, phonographic devices, the vacuum jacket, and the tetrahedral structural unit. The illustrations compliment these descriptions nicely throughout the book.

Also discussed are Alexander's many philanthropic efforts and wide-ranging interests. For example, in addition to founding the American Association to Promote Teaching Speech to the Deaf, he also served as regent of the Smithsonian Institution, helped to establish the astrophysical observatory at the Smithsonian, served as President of the National Geographic Society, and sponsored the founding of the Aerial Experiment Association... and this was done all within a period of just five years! Much of Alexander's entire life could be described that way: he was a true visionary who worked tirelessly to make the quality of life better for all. ( )
  kimberlyhebert | Jan 28, 2013 |
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847 Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. He began his career by studying the anatomy of the voice box and ear in college, and introduced “visible speech” to students at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes. From there he began experimentation with transmitting sound on an electric wire. ( )
  RebeccaMichelet | Apr 28, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689816073, Hardcover)

By age sixteen he was a piano virtuoso; by age twenty-one he was a faculty member of the University of Edinburgh; by age twenty-eight he had invented the telephone.

From Scotland to Canada to the United States, Alexander Graham Bell was a visionary who contributed to essentially every technological innovation of his time. His lifelong fascination with voice and sound and his tireless efforts on behalf of the deaf and mute truly made him one of the greatest scientists and humanitarians of the nineteenth century.

Leonard Everett Fisher's straightforward account of Bell's life will serve as a wonderful introduction to young readers of the impact Bell and his many inventions continue to have on daily life, more than one hundred years later.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:38 -0400)

A biography of the prolific inventor who had a keen interest in voice and sound and who worked tirelessly on behalf of deaf people.

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