This is the first part of a series telling the story of how television was invented.
When we look into the future it can be hard to imagine what we might invent. We are often constrained by the paradigms of the time in which we live.
In this short introduction we try to imagine what it must have been like to live in 1894 and, constrained by the paradigms of the time, ponder the possibility of a future that has television.
In like manner, we might then think about today's world and ponder what might we invent that would be as radical an invention as television was in its day.
Subsequent parts of this series show the invention of the various components required to make a television system and how the inventors were not the people who made money from their ideas.