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Telephony [electronic resource]

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A man with an ear for music thought he could build a "harmonic telegraph." He thought this would be possible because he had misinterpreted the writings of a researcher writing in German - a language he did not know. This program profiles Alexander Graham Bell and his work on telephony. The big question is: what happens in that wire? Bell and his assistant ultimately proved that different tones would vary the strength of an electric current in a wire. Eventually, the telephone - or better said, its wiring - leads to the Internet and the wireless communication of today. Looking to the future, are we headed toward a "phoneless" call?
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Run Time
30 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 02, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Quirky Science
Quirky science
  • Invention of Telephone (0:58)
  • History of Communication (1:45)
  • Bell Mistranslates German (1:31)
  • Telephone Workings (3:03)
  • Lack of Interest in Telephone (2:36)
  • Bell's Patent (1:23)
  • Manual Switchboards (2:16)
  • Cellular Phones (1:48)
  • Cell Phone Technology (2:16)
  • Text Messages (2:26)
  • Augmented Reality (2:06)
  • Phone-Less Future (2:10)
  • Credits: Telephony: Quirky Science (0:44)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2011.
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  • 50323s Films Media Group
  • 50327 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (30 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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