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Friday, April 29, 2016

Samuel Morse’s world-changing invention

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception


ENLARGE 
Samuel Morse was a painter before he was an inventor. His self-portrait. 
Picture of Samuel Morse self-portrait

After joining lectures on electricity, Morse secretly began working on a way of encoding and sending messages. There had been experiments with sending electricity through wires before Morse was born. And there had been telegraph machines for years already, mostly in Europe. But these were basically semaphore machines with too many wires and complex signals that couldn’t travel far. Operators sometimes used telescopes to see the messages. [National Geographic] continue ...
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