"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
As far as I know, Gernsback was the first person to formally describe a device using bone conduction to transmit sound; he received a patent in 1924.
Here are the figures that accompanied Gernsback's 1923 patent filing for the Acoustic Apparatus:
See the original patent filing (pdf).
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