It turns out that it wasn’t Alexander Graham Bell, but one Antonio Meucci, “An erratic, sometimes brilliant Florentine inventor,” who invented the telephone.
In that one statement, “The Book of General Ignorance,” by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, had my attention, and continued to shatter hundreds of foundational ‘common knowledge’ beliefs and outright lies that had petrified in my brain.
They also managed to ‘downgrade’ my view of Bell, as an inventor, and a man, from ‘AAA’ to ‘AA-‘.
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