Was Alexander Graham Bell an Idea Thief? This Afternoon’s a Good Time to Find Out

2/26/08

There’s nothing like a good detective story to brighten up a gray day, and boy does Xconomy contributing writer Seth Shulman have a good detective story to tell. The central mystery: Did Alexander Graham Bell steal the idea for the telephone from rival inventor Elisha Gray? Seth spent several years poring over Bell’s notebooks and retracing his steps through 19th-century Boston and reached the conclusion that…

Well, if you want to know exactly what Seth concluded, I’d urge you to go hear him read from and answer questions about his new book on the Bell mystery today at 5:00 at the MIT Coop Bookstore in Kendall Square. (The store is just outside of the Kendall Square stop on the Red Line.) Seth’s a great storyteller and his book, The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret, has sparked its share of controversy so this promises to be a fascinating event.

And if for some reason you can’t make it, be sure to check out the excerpt from Seth’s book that we published last month in two parts. Part two has some particularly damning documentary evidence.

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  • Reggie

    In my option Alexander Grand bell was an idea thief! Originally Antonio Meucci had the patent of the telephone but once he couldn’t renew it Bell stole his idea causing him to get all the credit!

  • dshiz

    YOU SPELLED OPINION WRONG…
    Alexander Graham Bell didn’t steal the patent illegally so he deserves credit
    It’s legit….
    its the law