Thomas Edison--father of electricity?

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    Feb 11, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    i got on google and noticed that it was commemorating Thomas Edison with a customized "Google" image. i'd like to point something out:

    Edison created a system of harnessing electricity by channeling it through a Direct Current; Nikola Tesla channeled it through an Alternating Current (AC/DC).

    Edison, being an American businessman, as well as a scientist, competed with Nikola Tesla's AC because he wanted his current to be dominant because he knew of electricity's awesome power AND he of money's awesome power! so, using Tesla's AC, he went around showing everyone how an Alternating Current was EVIL by electrocuting monkeys, elephants, and other animals to display how it kills... shitty science/technocrat/abusing knowledge and his social status... douche... IRONICALLY, it's Edison's Direct Current that became used in electric chairs bc it's a more efficient killer. So, when Edison was torturing all those animals with AC, he was actually causing them pain for much longer than they would've if he'd just used his own DC. Tesla goes almost unnoticed for all his magnificent contributions to science
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    Feb 11, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    Tesla (unit) (symbol T), SI derived unit of magnetic flux density (or magnetic inductivity), named after Nikola Tesla

    I don't know of an eponymous unit after Edison.
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    Feb 11, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidTesla (unit) (symbol T), SI derived unit of magnetic flux density (or magnetic inductivity), named after Nikola Tesla

    I don't know of an eponymous unit after Edison.


    The game Command & Conquer Red Alert had Tesla Coils in it.

    But yea, Edison was kinda dirty.
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    tongun18 said
    q1w2e3 saidTesla (unit) (symbol T), SI derived unit of magnetic flux density (or magnetic inductivity), named after Nikola Tesla

    I don't know of an eponymous unit after Edison.


    The game Command & Conquer Red Alert had Tesla Coils in it.

    But yea, Edison was kinda dirty.


    I just posted this at Answers.com after doing a search on the subject (which is how I found you)

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Was_Thomas_Edison_gay
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    Dude you have your history all mixed up.

    You are confusing Tesla with Westinghouse.

    No doubting Tesla's mathematical genius but he worked for Edison. Edison once said he could by mathematicians 10 for a dollar but there was only one Edison. Tesla failed in about everything he did. Edison could even put a money making spin on his failures. His legacy company is called GE.
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    http://www.badassoftheweek.com/tesla.html
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    Tesla was a scientist. Edison slept on his desk for most ot the day, and just tried different things untilt they worked. He was a Gomer, or a Gilligan.
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    Actually I thought it was George Westinghouse who championed alternating current (AC). Tesla was more focused on transmitting electrical energy wirelessly over the air.

    Nevertheless, it was Edison who first electrified a US city in the 1800s, and built the first electrical generating stations, and a network to distribute the power. AC may have ultimately won out as the better solution at the time, but Edison started it all.
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    The "father of electricity", or rather fathers, were really Volta, Davy and Faraday.
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    Feb 12, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidDude you have your history all mixed up.

    You are confusing Tesla with Westinghouse.

    No doubting Tesla's mathematical genius but he worked for Edison. Edison once said he could by mathematicians 10 for a dollar but there was only one Edison. Tesla failed in about everything he did. Edison could even put a money making spin on his failures. His legacy company is called GE.


    i'm not confusing tesla with westinghouse, though my sources may be doing so. the only piece of info you just shared that i've heard of is the GE tidbit. where'd you find the rest of that?
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    Feb 12, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    TigerTim saidThe "father of electricity", or rather fathers, were really Volta, Davy and Faraday.


    ok, lol, my bad for trying to make an interesting subject title
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    Feb 12, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidDude you have your history all mixed up.

    You are confusing Tesla with Westinghouse.

    No doubting Tesla's mathematical genius but he worked for Edison. Edison once said he could by mathematicians 10 for a dollar but there was only one Edison. Tesla failed in about everything he did. Edison could even put a money making spin on his failures. His legacy company is called GE.



    http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/Our_Company/history/george_westinghouse.shtm

    check it out
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    Feb 12, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    TigerTim saidThe "father of electricity", or rather fathers, were really Volta, Davy and Faraday.

    Well, let's not forget our own Benjamin Franklin, who popularized the idea that electricity could be scientifically observed, measured, described, and applied to practical purposes. Franklin didn't actually do much with electricity himself, other than the lighting rod, except to show its existence as a tangible & controllable force, rather than being supernatural. It was his work that inspired others.
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    Feb 12, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    Edison, always the politician. Shame about Tesla, really.
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    Feb 12, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
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    tongun18 said
    q1w2e3 saidTesla (unit) (symbol T), SI derived unit of magnetic flux density (or magnetic inductivity), named after Nikola Tesla

    I don't know of an eponymous unit after Edison.


    The game Command & Conquer Red Alert had Tesla Coils in it.

    But yea, Edison was kinda dirty.


    I just posted this at Answers.com after doing a search on the subject (which is how I found you)

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Was_Thomas_Edison_gay


    Not to mention that he also filmed the first gay erotica. icon_surprised.gif