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There are two different types of electricity – direct current and alternating current – pioneered by two different inventors, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, respectively. Tesla used to work with Edison, but then broke off. Edison, in his drive to get ahead of Tesla, defamed Tesla and alternating current. Edison ended up having a larger media voice, but Tesla’s current is the one that is most used.

Key Takeaways:

  • Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla were imaginative inventors who were in competition with each other.
  • Edison had the bigger media voice, using publicity to try to discredit Tesla.
  • Even though Tesla wasn’t as financially successful as Edison, his idea turned out to be the more accessible.

“Their contributions to electricity are integrated into our everyday lives, even though we may not realize it.”

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