Empires Of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, And The Race To Electrify The World
  • Empires Of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, And The Race To Electrify The World
  • Empires Of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, And The Race To Electrify The World
ISBN: 0375758844
EAN13: 9780375758843
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 12, 2004
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America's Gilded Age--Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse--battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires. At the heart of the story are Thomas Alva Edison, the nation's most famous and folksy inventor, creator of the incandescent light bulb and mastermind of the world's first direct current electrical light networks; the Serbian wizard of invention Nikola Tesla, elegant, highly eccentric, a dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and tough corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered by cheap and plentiful electricity and worked heart and soul to create it.
Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct current (DC) technology into the hurly-burly of New York City as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating current (AC), thus setting the stage for one of the eeriest feuds in American corporate history, the War of the Electric Currents. The Read More chevron_right

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