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Title: A Twist in the Tale
Authors: Chandra, Prakash
Issue Date: May-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Any schoolchild will tell you Samuel Morse invented the telegraph. And James Watt the steam engine. And that Priestly discovered Oxygen. But these ‘facts’ belong to a long list of misconceptions that many people – including scientists – have accepted over the years. For Morse never invented the telegraph; he merely got all the necessary information from the American physicist, Joseph Henry, and later denied that Henry had helped him. A good promoter, Morse persuaded the US Congress to build the first telegraph line from Washington to Baltimore in 1844, and thus wriggled his way into the history books!
Page(s): 54-55
ISSN: 0036-8512
Appears in Collections:SR Vol.48(05) [May 2011]

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