The life and work of Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell tells the story of his life and describes how he invented the telephone. The clip is told in the first person and brought to life with a mix of drama, music and animation. As a boy, Bell was fascinated by sound; he grew up with a mother who was almost deaf, and a father who helped deaf people to speak.
Bell would play the piano for his mother and help her follow a conversation by tapping a code out on her arm. He grew up with lots of ideas about how sound worked and what you could do with it. He and his brother came up with a machine that could (almost) replicate the human voice.
When he was asked to work on ways to improve the telegraph machine, Bell hit upon another idea. He thought that rather than sending a code along an electrical wire, it might be possible to send the actual sound of a human voice along a wire. With the help of a man called Watson they built a device that just might work. An accident proved him right, and the telephone was born.