Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention -by Charlotte Gray

By: Gray, Charlotte

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-----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dustjacket, 467 pages, b&w photos, ---" This extraordinary biography explores the brilliant mind of an eccentric, obsessive man. There can scarcely be a reader who has not heard of the inventor of the telephone. Yet this invention was only one of the many ideas that Alexander Graham Bell developed into fascinating new theories and technologies. --Bell investigated how to transmit speech along light waves, how to distill fresh water from sea-water, and how to reinflate collapsed lungs by means of an early version of an iron lung. In Washington, he became the esteemed head of the National Geographic Society, and a regent of the Smithsonian Institute. In Nova Scotia, he established a remarkable family fiefdom on a headland near Baddeck, and bred a flock of -supersheep- that regularly produced twins. He was in at the birth of aviation, and supervised a team of young men ( Bell's Boys ) who made important contributions to the early history of flight. In his final years, he built a hydrofoil that broke all speed records for water craft. --Born in Edinburgh, Bell originally dedicated himself to helping the deaf. Thanks to his father, a speech therapist in Edinburgh who moved to Canada, he understood how human speech and hearing works. It was the insights from human anatomy that allowed Alec Bell to invent the telephone before his many rivals got there. --However, throughout his life the inventor remained committed as a teacher and advocate to the interests of the hearing-impaired. He was a beloved mentor of Helen Keller. And as a teacher, this intense and neurotic man met a young deaf woman who gave him the stability and security he required to explore his genius. --Mabel Hubbard lost her hearing when she was five years old, and met Alec Bell when she became his student in Boston at age 14. She never let her disability hamper her, in society or in the raising of their family in Washington. Nevertheless, she was ambivalent about Alec’s lifelong devotion to the deaf as she herself did not want to be seen as handicapped. She gave Alec more encouragement for his technological work on communication and aeronautics, and saw to it that their two daughters received as much attention as his inventions. --Mabel and Alec exchanged letters with each other during their frequent separations and corresponded regularly with parents, children, friends, in-laws and acquaintances. These papers are rich in personal detail and reflection. With literary skill and psychological insight, Charlotte brings both Alexander Graham Bell and his wife vividly alive."---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///NOT SIGNED ---GUARANTEED to be AVAILABLE///

Title: Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention -by Charlotte Gray

Author Name: Gray, Charlotte

Illustrator: Photo Cover

Categories: Biographies,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, NY, N.Y. / New York: Arcade Publishing, 2006, 1st Edition, First Printing: 2006

ISBN Number: 1559708093

ISBN Number 13: 9781559708098

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: Near Fine (see description)

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Size: 6.25w x 9.5h Inches

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