Springfield Museums Events May

Museums à la Carte Lecture

Museums à la Carte Lecture

May 9th, 12:15 pm

General Museum Event

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret
Seth Shulman, journalist and author

While researching at MIT, science journalist Seth Shulman scrutinized Alexander Graham Bell’s laboratory notebook and stumbled upon a smoking gun—a hint of deeply buried historical deception. As unlikely as it might sound, Bell furtively—and illegally—copied the key element of the telephone from his main rival in the race to secure what would become the most valuable U.S. patent ever issued. Shulman will recount the story of his discovery of the surprising truth behind the telephone—and with it, a historical tale of romance, corruption, and unchecked ambition. Hear the fascinating story behind his 2008 book that was hailed by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and the American Library Association as one of the best nonfiction science books of the year and touted by the Wall St. Journal  as “solid history…[that is] as much fun to read as an Agath Christie whodunit.”

$2 members; $4 nonmembers

Davis Auditorium, Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program; cookies and beverage are provided.

Sponsored by Big Y.

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