27 December 2007

Ma Gray?

The late 19th and early 20th century years were rife with innovation. The automobile replacing horse-drawn carriages; the phonograph putting Puccini in the parlor; Einstein telling us speed is in the eye of the observer; the list goes on and on.
As most history books, encyclopedias, and almanacs tell, it was during these years that Bell gave us the telephone and Marconi gave us the radio. Besides audio, these two life-changing inventions now apparently share something else: Controversy.
In the case of radio, it has been known for quite a while that Marconi most probably, um, "borrowed" the idea from Tesla. PBS has a nice little page on this.
Well, it would now seem that Marconi may have just been following Bell's lead. Personally, I can't wait for the book to come out; I'm a sucker for a good Whodunnit...Geek Style! Of course, I hope this doesn't mean a new sound level unit...the dG?


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