13 Feb '12, 4pm

Happy Birthday Thomas Alva Edison. You Were Right About Direct Current After All

Happy Birthday Thomas Alva Edison. You Were Right About Direct Current After All

Everybody is mad about Nikola Tesla these days, claiming that he was a greater inventor than Edison. They even name cars after him. Certainly, Tesla was a genius; he and Westinghouse won the first round of the Current wars, and most of the world has been using alternating current for the last century. But Thomas Alva Edison had something to celebrate on his 165th birthday this weekend; He lost that first battle, but has won the war. It's like William Gibson said; The future is here, it's just not very evenly distributed. Five years ago, when I first said Edison was right, I got pounded in the comments, but now the evidence is incontrovertible, and even that car with Tesla's name on it runs on DC.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/happy-birthday...

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