Tesla vs. Edison: A Mythical Rivalry

Nikola Tesla with his coil in 1896. Credits: Electrical Review

Nikola Tesla with his coil in 1896. Credits: Electrical Review

The figure of the mad scientist, the eccentric genius, no longer belongs exclusively to Einstein. In the last two decades, the public fascination with the figure of Nikola Tesla has enlarged the myth to such an extent that it now exceeds the unquestionable achievements of this great Serbian inventor. In popular culture, Tesla is seen as an unsung hero whose merits were not sufficiently recognized. And in this mythical story appears a greedy villain named Thomas Edison, who first does his best to prevent Tesla’s success and later tries to smother his recognition …
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