Empires of Light

Empires of Light

Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

eBook - 2003
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A chronicle of scientific history recounts the race among inventor Thomas Edison, eccentric genius Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, a tough entrepreneur and powerful empire builder, to bring electricity to the world.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781588360007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 416 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill


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Jul 07, 2013

[Update: A connection between President Donald Trump and Nikola Tesla? Absurd you say? After the death of Tesla, the US gov't rushed in and confiscated all his personal papers, which they then handed over to a professor of engineering with MIT, named John G. Trump, uncle of the future president of the USA! Wonder if those still classified papers included his Death Ray??? Remember the Tunguska Event?]
[A great short site which sums up the Real Tesla and the Real Edison: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla ] A must read for anyone wishing to fully grasp how Tesla [and Westinghouse] was responsible for the national power grid, or affordable electricity. Had Tesla not voluntarily given up his outrageously valuable patents to George Westinghouse, the existence of the national power grid might not have come about. [You will learn, if you are uninformed about this, how Tesla was cheated by Edison, how Edison treated his workers, and how Edison attempted to cheat the nation with his DC current for a grid. After reading this, you may wish to research the peculiar relationship between Thomas Edison and a drunkard patent clerk of the US Patent Office, Zenas Wilbur Fink. History is seldom what we've been taught!]

Dec 30, 2012

One of the all time best books on the history of technology, specifically dealing with the genius of Tesla and the systems engineering talents of George Westinghouse, in the invention and development of America's (and the rest of the world's) power grid. Ms. Jonnes is most certainly one of this era's greatest historians with regard to the history of technology, and her depiction in a most respectful manner of the genius of Nikola Tesla, a rare thing indeed in writings on that great man of science. Also covers Edison, and some may be surprised, if not intimately familiar with Edison's employee relations, with his treatment of workers, etc. A most elucidating work of history!

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