TIL In 1891, Tesla made a risky Demonstration to discredit Edison company’s claims on Safety of AC.During the Demo, For a moment, 250,000 volts raced across the surface of his body , causing him to be surrounded by what one newspaper called “the Effulgent Glory of Myriad Tongues of Electric Flame.”

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In 1891 Nikola Tesla strode onto the stage in the lecture hall at Columbia University in New York City. Grasping a brass ball in each hand, he touched the terminals of a high-voltage, high-frequency transformer (what is today called a Tesla coil). For a moment, 250,000 volts raced across the surface of his body, causing him to be surrounded by what one newspaper called “the Effulgent Glory of Myriad Tongues of Electric Flame.” Tesla took the risk to demonstrate the safety of AC. For the past several years, the Edison Electric Light Company had been waging a campaign against AC. Its direct current (DC) systems had been losing market share to Tesla’s friends at the Westinghouse Electric Company, and in response, the Edison group had decided to challenge the safety of AC through sensational stories in the newspapers. Tesla hoped, through his dramatic demonstration, to disarm the negative publicity.

sdsanth

If that quote isn’t used as the title of a rock opera then nothing means anything in this world.

mcq316

I’m glad Tesla is finally getting the widespread respect he deserves. Not that he wasn’t respected or acknowledged back then, but for a long time he was put on the backburner of the public mind in favour of Edison.

Dantooine123

TIL that “effulgent” is a word. I’ll start using it!

DoktorOmni

That writer went on to become singer of The Mars Volta.

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