A Conversation for The Inventions of Thomas Alva Edison
Norton II Started conversation Jun 6, 2002
it's a good article, but I wish you'd mentioned Tesla's involvement in the AC affair. see my own article at:
Uncle Ghengis Posted Jul 25, 2003
Yup. That Edison was a nasty guy to upset. I'm sure Joseph Swann thought so too.
5th Earth (speaker to the void) Posted Feb 20, 2004
I feel sorry for Tesla. Edison and Tesla were comparable minds--both revolutionized everything they put their mind too. Unfortunately, while Edison was merely a vindictive jerk, Tesla was literally insane, which rather limited his accomplishments in life.
Cefpret Posted Feb 20, 2004
To be honest, I don't see a big issue. Surely Edison is celebrated heavily in the USA -- but only there -- because Americans love heroes.
On the other hand, I haven't learned more about Edison than about Tesla, neither at school nor at the university. But I use his name almost every day because the most imporant magnetic unit is named after him. But no system of units knows "Edisons" or "Marconis".
Uncle Ghengis Posted Mar 3, 2004
BTW... Joseph Swann developed and demonstrated an electric-light in England at about the same time as Edison and the two fought for the rights to the device. Apparently there were other contenders too.
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