Edison vs. Tesla

“If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
Thomas A. Edison, Encyclopaedia Britannica

“Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.”
Thomas A. Edison, Harper’s Monthly, 1932

“If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search… I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor.”
Nikola Tesla, New York Times, October 19, 1931

2 thoughts on “Edison vs. Tesla”

  1. Yeah, it’s weird how history works. I’d like to read more about these two guys and how Edison wound up on top. I wonder if personality had anything to do with it. OR maybe it was a case of knowing the right people.

    1. Mainly Tesla was in it for the science, and Edison, although also into science, was a businessman first.

      Also Edison was a bit of a lying bastard, and killed puppies and an elephant to try to discredit Tesla.

      Edison was clever, but Tesla was a bona fide genius – not just a decade ahead of his time, but half a century or even a century ahead of his time.

      In the end, although Tesla’s technology prevailed in every respect, Edison was more financially successful, so ended up writing the history books.

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