The Telephone as Miracle

If you had come to me a hundred years ago, do you think I should have dreamed of the telephone? Why, even now I cannot understand it! I use it every day, I transact half my correspondence by means of it, but I don’t understand it. Thnk of that little stretched disk of iron at the end of a wire repeating in your ear not only sounds, but words—not only words, but all the most delicate and elusive inflections and nuances of tone which separate one human voice from another! Is not that something of a miracle?


Crookes uses one daily, but is fascinated by it.

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Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Crookes, Sir William (1886), Unknown, The American Monthly Review of Reviews, Retrieved on 2012-03-18