Earlier this month, my husband and I went out to see The Current War in the theater. Initially, I hadn't heard anything about the movie, so my husband showed me the trailer. As soon as I realized it was about the competition between Edison and Westinghouse to be the first to provide America with electricity, I wanted to see the film. Seeing Martin Scorcese directed and Benedict Cumberbatch starred intrigued me even more.
THE CURRENT WAR
The lab was built in 1899 and used for his study of the use of high-voltage, high-frequency electricity in wireless power transmission. Although Edison and Westinghouse focused on wires and filaments to power their light bulb inventions, Tesla proposed the idea of electricity *without* wires. Hmm...wireless electricity. Today? Of course! But in 1899?
I also learned of the name Tesla thanks to Elon Musk, who named his modern-day electric car in honor of the legacy Tesla left. Although Tesla's mind attracted interest from Westinghouse in the competition with Edison, Tesla was a man ahead of his time. Thomas Edison's focus was on the direct current (DC) supplying the necessary energy, and Tesla proposed the alternating current (AC) as another option. Serbian-born Tesla arrived in the United States in 1884 with almost nothing but the clothes on his back, and he landed a job working for Edison. However, his ideas were quickly dismissed by Edison, who chose to pursue his own methods.
Despite the initial investment from Westinghouse that resulted in a partnership with Tesla, the contributions to the Chicago World's Fair ended up being Tesla's biggest claim to fame...and Westinghouse got the credit. Unable to profit from his inventions, Tesla died a poor man in his hotel room, and his name disappeared from history...until Elon Musk. I encourage you to research more about Nikola Tesla and the extraordinary ideas he held. The world likely wasn't ready at the time for everything he proposed, but imagine what life would have been like if the world *had* been ready.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* What other inventions did Thomas Edison create that are still in use today?
* What items in your home have the Westinghouse label on them?
* Name one thing in your life that is improved because of electricity.
Leave answers to these questions or any comments on the post below. Come back on the 9th of November for my next appearance.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those childhood skills to become an award-winning and best-selling author and speaker who is also an advocate for literacy as an educational consultant with Usborne Books. Through personal development, she strives to help others become their best from the inside out.
She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, along with their two children and three dogs in Colorado. She has sold twenty (21) books so far and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can find her on Facebook and GoodReads.