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by Charlotte Gray

  • ISBN: 1611450608
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Charlotte Gray
  • Subcategory: Historical
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; Reprint edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Pages: 480 pages
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  • Rating: 4.1
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Alexander graham bell. And the passion for invention.

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The story of Alexander Graham Bell presented here by the author provides a masterful picture of a creative genius. 4 people found this helpful. He could isolate himself in his genius but could not market most of those ideas in a smooth, concise and prudent way. He lost out on some opportunities by not really hustling to get those ideas ready for market. But the one he did was sensational and life changing for everyone at that time and probably forever. Ms. Gray goes over his entire life in a very meticulous way.

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Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham . Gray recounts both the inventor of the telephone's creation of the device and the projects he pursued once his future was secured

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention. Gray recounts both the inventor of the telephone's creation of the device and the projects he pursued once his future was secured. Bell is portrayed as imaginative and neurotic, but his marriage to a steadier sort kept him on even keel, if not exactly scientifically disciplined. She was Mabel Hubbard and is so present in Gray's work as to make it a dual biography.

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from Oxford University and her honorary doctorate from Mount St. Vincent University in Nova Scotia. She moved to Canada in 1979

from Oxford University and her honorary doctorate from Mount St. She moved to Canada in 1979.

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The popular image of Alexander Graham Bell is that of an elderly American patriarch, memorable only for his paunch, his Santa .

The popular image of Alexander Graham Bell is that of an elderly American patriarch, memorable only for his paunch, his Santa Claus beard, and the invention of the telephone. from Oxford University and her honorary doctorate from Mount St.

Gray has the gift of storytelling in spades, and although, as she frankly admits, she is not the first to explore Bell's . At the end of the book, the author says she set out to write a biography not just about Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor, but about the man and his family life.

Gray has the gift of storytelling in spades, and although, as she frankly admits, she is not the first to explore Bell's relationship with his wife Mabel Hubbard, she does an excellent job of bringing it to life for contemporary readers without anachronistic distortion. This is balanced with clear, non-technical exploration of his major inventions, and plenty of historic and political context that enhances, without overwhelming, the main narrative. She certainly accomplished her goal of giving us a well-rounded view of Mr. Bell.

A Phyllis Bruce book. Includes bibliographical references and index.

The popular image of Alexander Graham Bell is that of an elderly American patriarch, memorable only for his paunch, his Santa Claus beard, and the invention of the telephone. In this magisterial reassessment based on thorough new research, acclaimed biographer Charlotte Gray reveals Bell’s wide-ranging passion for invention and delves into the private life that supported his genius. The child of a speech therapist and a deaf mother, and possessed of superbly acute hearing, Bell developed an early interest in sound. His understanding of how sound waves might relate to electrical waves enabled him to invent the “talking telegraph” be- fore his rivals, even as he undertook a tempestuous courtship of the woman who would become his wife and mainstay. In an intensely competitive age, Bell seemed to shun fame and fortune. Yet many of his innovations—electric heating, using light to transmit sound, electronic mail, composting toilets, the artificial lung—were far ahead of their time. His pioneering ideas about sound, flight, genetics, and even the engineering of complex structures such as stadium roofs still resonate today. This is an essential portrait of an American giant whose innovations revolutionized the modern world.
Reviews about Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention (7):
Felolak
This book is equal amounts autobiography and descriptions of the work Bell and his associates performed in his many, many experiments in a wide array of subjects. The man's insatiable curiosity was almost exhausting just to read about, but for this reader, the most interesting subject was his work with hearing impaired children at a time when many were simply pushed to the side or actively persecuted. I am giving this four stars but I found that the pages and pages of detailed descriptions of his experiments and how this or that project worked were mind boggling, and I skipped over more than I read. The problem is not with the book, it is with my expectations of the book. I down loaded it to learn more about the man, Bell, and had very little interest in his work, beyond the training for his hearing impaired students. If you are looking for more information about his work, and how the telephone and other inventions were developed, this is a good book. What surprised me, and revealed more about the man, was how ready he was to jump from one project to another without finishing anything. He would not even be remembered today if it wasn't for his associates who pushed his patents and business interests to their conclusion. And, of course, his incredible wife who kept the whole boat afloat. I would love to see a book about his wife. The author did a good job of balancing the information about Bell and the information about his work. She made me wonder what paths his genius might have taken if he had not been encumbered with an almost despotic father. I do recommend this book if you know very little about Bell and his work, but are curious about him.
blodrayne
The story of Alexander Graham Bell was a very enjoyable, compelling story. There are so many storylines contained within this story.
First is the story of the invention of the telephone. On it’s own merit this is a major story, but, hidden within we get the story of Alexander Graham Bell’s lifelong devotion to the problems of the hearing impaired. What a story! Bell combined his knowledge of the production of sound with his creative genius that was his gift to the birth of the first working telephone. He was such a tortured soul.His creative dominated his meagre skill as an entrepreneur. His battles with other inventors over the telephone patent provides enough material for another book..
The second story concerns his remarkable love affair with his wife. Even with her hearing loss, her remarkable story of overcoming adversity. Is a good story in itself. Her ability to look into her husband and recognize his demons, point him towards some kind of action speaks to her intelligence and ability. There is another book here as well.
The story of Alexander Graham Bell presented here by the author provides a masterful picture of a creative genius. Reluctant Genius is thoroughly researched and beautifully presented. The author creates a wonderful story for us to enjoy and we are better off for it.
Urreur
Charlotte Gray does biographical justice to the entire family of Alexander Graham Bell in this biography. She thoroughly explains Bell's curious and inventive nature, but also shows us how this impacted not only his life, but the life of his parents, wife, children and business associates. Bell's wife, Mabel Hubbard Bell is shown as a true partner in the marriage, as well as one who does a lot of the heavy lifting of keeping their family life intact and moving while giving Bell the time and space he needed to follow his creative muse. This edition needed much better copy editing; there were numerous glaring typos and even a missing map on a page that said "insert map here". But I recommend this book to anyone who thinks that Alexander Graham Bell's story begins and ends with the invention of the telephone...there is so much more to learn.
Hurus
Excellent book about someone I knew virtually nothing about. Bell was a genius who was a very complicated man. He could isolate himself in his genius but could not market most of those ideas in a smooth, concise and prudent way. He lost out on some opportunities by not really hustling to get those ideas ready for market. But the one he did was sensational and life changing for everyone at that time and probably forever. Ms. Gray goes over his entire life in a very meticulous way. Many details are brought out in his personality nuances. Also the way he relied on his wife for all things is very good part of the book. They did live a true love story. The book can be a little plodding to read through. It seemed some things were emphasized too many times when it wasn't really needed. That's the reason I only give it a four. But it is very worthwhile to read.
Bumand
Excellent biography showing a joyful genius who was fortunate to have friends and a father-in-law willing for the first decade anyway to apply for patents. He hated the telephone. Married his deaf student and they were very happy together. For many decades, he spent the winters in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and built a home and a huge workshop there. I visited the museum that is there now and found it absolutely wonderful. This man had a creative mind and loved sharing the joy of creating successful (and failed) inventions with younger men of equal enthusiasm. Just hated the paper work of applying for patents and then actually doing something with them in a businesslike manner. A true boy all the way through.
Fearlesssinger
I am about one-third through the book. While this is quite readable, its appeal would be greater for women whose interest in Bell's home and personal life, than for med who are more interested in Bell's scientific and business career. Knowing the decor of the places he lived, how his wife dressed, and what food he ate are less interesting. I would like to know more of the many experiments he conducted and the business and legal issues that colored his life. The author gave less attention to Bell's attempt to save the life of President James Garfield than it deserved. (Read "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President" by Candice Millard for the full story.) A worthwhile read altogether.

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