The battle between famous 19th century inventors Edison and Tesla for a slice of America's electricity market, and the lengths they went to in order to secure it.
- Thomas Edison distributed direct current.
- Nikola Tesla devised a system for generating and distributing alternating current.
- Direct current suffers huge power loss over distance.
- Alternating current became a huge commercial success in the 19th century and remains the dominant electricity supply today.
The electric chair: a lethal device invented not as punishment, but from pure greed, as two 19th century scientists – Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison – battled for control of America's electricity market.
Following the discovery of electricity in the 1800s, Thomas Edison enjoyed a monopoly of the electricity …
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