Science: Visible Speech

Bell Telephone Co. paid a yo-year-old debt last week. Alexander Graham Bell was really studying the problems of the deaf when he happened to invent the telephone. Now the telephone company, grown great on his sideline invention, has developed a method of making speech visible, so that the totally deaf can read it.

Speech has been recorded before, but no one could actually read the wiggly groove of a phonograph record or the uneven ladder of a movie sound track. The various sounds which combine to form human speech were too jumbled up. Bell's new apparatus takes the sounds of speech...