Friday, 13 February 2015

Dear Dot: Must Dash.

Sadly, that ‘History of Inventions’ that looked so promising is not the thing at all. One looks at the entry for, say, the electric telegraph, (this is an imaginary example) and it says, let us say, ‘The invention of the electric telegraph is usually attributed to Wheatstone. Born in 1793 of a fishmonger father and sempstress mother, he was educated…’ blah-blah-blah for several pages about what a nice chap he was, then ‘However, some attribute the electric telegraph to Samuel Morse, born 1812…’ and lots more of the same sort of stuff, and nary a word about how the damn thing works.

Here are pictures of a Wheatstone telegraph and an early Morse key:


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