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The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

Seth Shulman

Seth Shulman closely examines the race to build the first telephone and uncovers potential bombshells with The Telephone Gambit. Although Alexander Graham Bell is widely accepted as the father of the telephone (despite the fact that rival inventor Elisha Gray submitted a similar claim the same day Bell filed his patent), Schulman provides intriguing evidence questioning if the scales were deliberately tipped in Alexander's favor. Was the venerable inventor party to theft from Gray's own research? Or are such accusations merely sour grapes from a bitterly contested legal battle? Fraught with controversy, conspiracy, and possible chicanery, Shulman spins real-life Da Vinci Code drama around one of the most influential inventions of the modern era.

Does the right person always get credit for a great invention? Was Thomas Edison or the Englishman Joseph Swan responsible for the light bulb? Did Al Gore or some other geek invent the Internet? Did Alexander Graham Bell steal from Elisha Gray a key idea behind the telephone? Such questions can fuel debates between historians of technology and champions of neglected genius.

Science journalist Seth Shulman did not set out to tackle the Bell-Gray controversy, but a chance discovery made the challenge irresistible. While reading Bell's 1875-76 notebook, which the Library of Congress has made available in high-resolution digital form on the World Wide Web, Shulman noticed a curious leap of inspiration after a 12-day hiatus in entries, a gap that coincided with an apparently sudden trip to Washington, D.C.

Bell's seminal patent application for the telephone was filed just a week or so before his trip and was granted on the day he returned. That was a remarkably short processing time, especially since there was some question about whether confidential patent papers filed with the patent office almost simultaneously by the telegraph-equipment manufacturer Gray should have prevented Bell's patent from being granted. Based on startlingly similar drawings in Gray's papers and Bell's notebook, Shulman hypothesized that Bell had somehow seen a specific idea in his rival's work and claimed it as his own.

Shulman was the first science writer-in-residence to have been invited to spend time at MIT's Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology (which has since been relocated to the Huntington Library, in San Marino, Calif.), and he was keenly aware that he was a journalist among historians. When he tentatively related his hypothesis to some of his new colleagues, he was cautioned about the pitfalls of interpreting the past out of its context. If Shulman had indeed uncovered a clue that Bell had stolen a key idea from Gray, incontrovertible evidence would have to be produced.

In The Telephone Gambit, Shulman tells several interrelated stories, all of which dovetail nicely to relate his quest to discover a "smoking gun." He leads us along his own research trail, recounting the daringness of setting out to challenge "generations of trained and respected historians," who have credited Bell with the invention of the telephone, and "confronting the failings of the U.S. legal system," which repeatedly ruled in favor of Bell and the monopoly that grew out of his patent.

Interleaved with his own story, Shulman tells that of Bell and, to a lesser extent, Gray. We learn of the Bell family's systematic approach to teaching elocution, and of Alexander Graham Bell's tutoring of deaf Mabel Hubbard, daughter of the enormously successful and influential attorney and entrepreneur Gardiner Greene Hubbard, to whom Bell revealed his early insights into a means for transmitting multiple telegraph messages along a single wire. This brought Bell and Hubbard into a partnership that led to the formation of the Bell Telephone Company, which eventually became AT&T.

Shulman also tells the story of how Bell got to see Gray's confidential filing in the Patent Office, and how it came to be that Bell and not Gray was awarded the patent. Of the several narrative threads running through The Telephone Gambit, this is the most intriguing. It is also the one that should be left for the reader to experience from the book itself.

In barely 200 pages of text, Shulman has presented a highly complicated web of tales clearly, succinctly, sympathetically and almost seamlessly. He has done such a masterful job that we're not even sorry to see the book, pleasurable though it is, come to an end. He has let his wholly integrated tales and his writing style dictate its pace and length. Its story never flags, nor does it leave any significant business unfinished.

If there is anything to fault in The Telephone Gambit, it is someone's decision to reproduce on less than half of one book page an image of the two pages of Bell's notebook on which Shulman based his captivating hypothesis. This is a quibble, though, for the reader can easily call up the entire notebook on the Web, thereby experiencing what sparked an intrepid journalist-turned-historian's quest for the true story of the invention of the telephone.

Объём: 256 стр.
Издательство: W. W. Norton; ?????? ???????, 2008
ISBN: 0-39306-206-6

 


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Network Management Fundamentals

Network Management Fundamentals

Alexander Clemm

A guide to understanding how network management technology really works.

Network management is an essential factor in successfully operating a network. As a company becomes increasingly dependent on networking services, keeping those services running is synonymous with keeping the business running. Network Management Fundamentals provides you with an accessible overview of network management covering management not just of networks themselves but also of services running over those networks.

Network Management Fundamentals explains the different technologies that are used in network management and how they relate to each other. The book focuses on fundamental concepts and principles. It provides a solid technical foundation for the practitioner to successfully navigate network management topics and apply those concepts to particular situations.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • Part I provides an overview of what network management is about and why it is relevant. It also conveys an informal understanding of the functions, tools, and activities that are associated with it.
  • Part II examines network management from several different angles, culminating in a discussion of how these aspects are combined into management reference models.
  • Part III provides more detail into different building blocks of network management introduced in Part II, such as management protocols, management organization, and management communication patterns.
  • Part IV rounds out the book with a number of management topics of general interest, including management integration and service-level management.

Объём: 552 стр.
Издательство: Cisco Press; ?????? ???????, 2007
ISBN: 1-58720-137-2

 


Network Convergence: Services, Applications, Transport, and Operations Support

Network Convergence: Services, Applications, Transport, and Operations Support

Hu Hanrahan

The present information age is enabled by telecommunications and information technology and the continued convergence of their services, technologies and business models. Within telecommunications, the historic separations between fixed networks, mobile telephone networks and data communications are diminishing. Similarly, information technology and enterprise communications show convergence with telecommunications. These synergies are captured in the concept of Next Generation Networks that result from evolution to new technologies, enabling new services and applications.

Network Convergence creates a framework to aid the understanding of Next Generation Networks, their potential for supporting new and enhanced applications and their relationships with legacy networks. The book identifies and explains the concepts and principles underlying standards for networks, services and applications.

Network Convergence:

  • Gives comprehensive coverage of packet multimedia, enterprise networks, third generation mobile communications, OSA/Parlay and developments in fixed networks.
  • Gives an integrated view of diverse information and communications systems and technology through a common NGN Framework.
  • Delves into protocols, APIs and software processes for supporting services and applications in advanced networks.
  • Discusses a variety of applications of telecommunications supporting IT and IT enhanced by communications.
  • Follows developments in operations support systems standards and links these to next generation networks.
  • Includes a wealth of examples, use cases, tables and illustrations that help reinforce the material for students and practitioners.
  • Features an accompanying website with PowerPoint presentations, glossary, web references, tutorial problems, and 'learn more' pages.

This essential reference guide will prove invaluable to advanced undergraduate and graduate students, academics and researchers. It will also be of interest to professionals working for telecommunications network operators, equipment vendors, telecoms regulators, and engineers who wish to further their knowledge of next generation networks.

Объём: 464 стр.
Издательство: Wiley, 2007
ISBN: 0-47002-441-0

 

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