Talk:Alexander Graham Bell

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Being a newcomer, I imagine I would get banned if I tried to delete and rewrite this page, but it's highly inaccurate.

Alexander Graham Bell was the first person to patent the telephone - he was not its inventor.

The inventor of the telephone was Antonio Meucci, and this was recognised by the US House of Representatives in Resolution 269, passed in 2002. -- Emmeline 12:19, 8 May 2007 (EDT)

Bell defeated over 600 legal challenges to his patent and is widely recognized as the inventor of the telephone, no matter what a few politicians may say over a century later. This is an encyclopedia, not an exercise in obscure trivia. If an examination asks who invented the telephone, the correct answer is Alexander Graham Bell. Don't change that fact, though you can add a criticism or alternative theory section at the end that sets forth your view, with citations. Thanks.--Aschlafly 12:45, 8 May 2007 (EDT)

Excuse me, this is hardly obscure trivia. I thought Conservatives were supposed to respect their government. I would hardly call the House of Representatives "a few politicians". You should read Resolution 269, it's quite an eye-opener.

Possibly an American examiner would expect the answer "Alexander Graham Bell" to the question of who invented the telephone. Elsewhere I'm sure a more detailed answer would be expected.

Rather than adding an alternative theory section to the Bell page, it might be more appropriate to start a Meucci page and link to it from the Bell page with a suitably neutral comment, don't you think? --Emmeline 12:57, 8 May 2007 (EDT)

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