Alexander Graham Bell has gone down in history as the inventor of the telephone mostly because he beat Mr. Elisha Gray to the patent office. The invention changed the way people communicate and therefore had a lasting impact on business, the economy, and our personal lives. Series Information: "Inventions That Shaped the World" introduces young readers to revolutionary inventions, and emphasizes the impact the inventions had upon life at the time of their creation and beyond. Also explored is the featured invention”s cultural significance, as well as the patterns of change that resulted from its origination. Chapters cover topics such as life before the invention, the need for the invention, its development, its influence upon culture, its evolution, and a biography on the inventor.