--- On Tue, 6/2/09, Steve Ramm <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> For those who may have missed it on NPR, here is link to
> the 6 minute
> update on the Phonautograph recordings discovered last year
> and presented at the ARSC Conference last Friday.
Is there any indication that Scott ever intended the
Phonautograph to be anything other than a one-way
conversion of a sound wave to a "readable" as opposed
to a "playable" image? Every time this topic comes
up in the popular press, it's usually accompanied by
a sort of "Ah Hah! Edison was a fake - he didn't really
invent the phonograph!" type of comment from the
reporter. Edison's critical insight seems to have
been that not only could sound be recorded, it could
be played back.