Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequencyby Nikola Tesla
2012 Reprint of 1904 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Illustrated. In the "War of Currents" era in the late 1880s, George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison became adversaries due to Edison's promotion of direct current (DC) for electric power distribution over alternating current (AC) advocated by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alternating current had first developed in Europe. Westinghouse was willing to invest in the technology and hired William Stanley, Jr. to work on an AC distribution system using step up and step down transformers of a new design in 1886. After Stanley left Westinghouse, Oliver Shallenberger took control of the AC project. Nikola Tesla joined the team after 1888. Tesla partnered with Westinghouse Electric to commercialize his particular AC system. Westinghouse had previously bought the rights to Tesla's polyphase system patents and other patents for AC transformers. This is one of Tesla's more important lectures on the subject.
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i've always been particularly interested in Tesla. there have been movies that portray his genius and madness, and this experiment written by his own hand is a great example of his intelligence. it reviews his take on electricity and the benefits of using an alternating current as opposed to direct current as proposed by edison. he displays his true genius in written form with an additional look at some of his other ideas. i believe that Tesla could have gone on to revolutionize the world if only he was not encumbered by big oil and electric monopolies of his time. some of his other inventions were quite unbelievable, and his study and experiments could have gone on to make the whole nation, if not the world, an extremely different place. i encourage anyone to read up on his other experiments and ideas, or at least watch videos that have been made to document the little that we know of him. a lot of his papers have been lost or "covered up" so this lone work which can be read in e-book form is a blessing. wish we could have seen all that he could have done. seems like an awesome man, who i would've loved to meet.