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David W. Mercer, The Telephone: The Life Story of a Technology, Greenwood Publishing Group. Westport USA, 151p.


The life of the telephone can be thought of as consisting of three phases, the telegraph, the standard telephone and the mobile. It is important to note that these phases interest and overlap rather than follow a pattern of simple beginnings and ends. There are, as can be expected, a number of places where events and technological developments don't fit exactly into neat periods. For example, while it is correct to state that the telephone was invented in 1876, the year of Alexander Graham Bell's famous patent, it's important to remember it took a number of years for the telephone to take on the form and meaning with which most readers are familiar.