January 2008

Baird Again

I don’t know why we (?) are even having this debate about Farnsworth -v- Sarnoff, RCA, Zworykin, etal, when anybody who is even remotely familiar with the subject knows that Scotsman John Logie Baird really invented television, as this clip clearly demonstrates:

NPRs “Science Friday” Discusses “Farnsworth”

Link: Science Friday Archives: The Farnsworth Invention. In this segment, Ira talks with Des McAnuff, director of the play ‘The Farnsworth Invention,’ with Jimmi Simpson, the actor who plays the role of Farnsworth in the play, and with Hank Azaria, who plays the role of David Sarnoff. And here’s a link to the audio archives …

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Just behind Copernicus

Link: Top 100 most influential people in History # 28 Nicolas Copernicus # 29 Socrates (just because of his reputation) # 30  Philo T. Farnsworth (invented electronic television that most closely resembles contemporary ones) And BEFORE Moses, no less (#32).