March 3rd--Alexander Graham Bell's Birthdate

On 3 March 2007, the front-page of the Arizona Living section of the Arizona Republic was devoted to Alexander Graham Bell.

Alexander Graham Bell was born on 3 March 1847 and he died on 2 August 1922. He was born and raised in Scotland and he came to the U.S. in 1871. Bell is commonly credited as the first inventor of the telephone: "Watson, come here! I want to see you!" Potential birthdate of the telephone: 1 July 1875. Bell filed a "telephone" patent on 7 March 1876.

   [source: HNN.US--History News Network]

   "On 11 June 2002, to little fanfare, the United State House of 
    Representatives declared that the telephone was invented by an 
    Italian-American named Antonio Meucci, a sausage and candle maker. 
    Forget Alexander Graham Bell. The House declared that Bell's patent 
    for the telephone was based on 'fraud and misrepresentation.'"

During 1871, Antonio Meucci filed a "patent caveat" (a statement of intention to patent) for a device that might have electronically transmitted sound.

Exercises
  1. If Bell were alive today, he'd be _________ century, ________ decade(s) and _________ year(s) in age.

  2. Bell's patent was number 174,465. No or Yes: The prime factors of 174,465 are 3, 3, 5, 3877. [hint: 3877 is prime]

  3. No or Yes: The telephone will turn 2 * 10^2 years in age during year 2 * 10 * 10^2 + 5^2.

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Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 04 March 2007

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