War of the Currents: Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla

War of the Currents: Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla


american-history, , History, Science, Nonfiction

In the early 1880s, only a few wealthy people had electric lighting in their homes. Everyone else had use more dangerous lighting, such as gas lamps. Eager companies wanted to be the first to supply electricity to more Americans. The early providers would set the standards--and reap great profits.

Inventor Thomas Edison already had a leading role in the industry: he had invented the first reliable electrical lightbulb. By 1882 his Edison Electric Light Company was distributing electricity using a system called direct current, or DC. But an inventor named Nikola Tesla challenged Edison. Tesla believed that an alternating current--or AC--system would be better. With an AC system, one power station could deliver electricity across many miles, compared to only about one mile for DC.

Each inventor had his backers. Business tycoon George Westinghouse put his money behind Tesla and built AC power stations. Meanwhile, Edison and his DC backers said that AC could easily electrocute people. Edison believed this risk would sway public opinion toward DC power.

The battle over which system would become standard became known as the War of the Currents. This exciting book tells the story of that war, the people who fought it, and the ways in which both kinds of electric power changed the world.

Title:War of the Currents: Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla
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    War of the Currents: Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla Reviews

  • Joan

    This was surprisingly good for a series title! I have wanted to understand subjects such as electrical generation and this book helped a lot! I can now tell you what DC and AC power is and which scien...

  • Umit N

    War of the Currents, in my opinion, is a very in-depth, and detailed book about Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, although slightly short, it was entertaining to read and very interesting. The words are...

  • Elizabeth

    In War of the Currents one gets a look at the simultaneous discovery of two forms of electricity. The backing by politicians and other big names made Thomas Edison become a household word as we gained...

  • Len

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was fast paced and easy to read. It provided a good background of each of the main characters to better understand their disparate approaches as each struggled to gai...