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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:53 PM

 

Irony squared. (Smart people are stupidheads)

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Reply Irony squared. (Smart people are stupidheads) (Original post)
Whovian Nov 2012 OP
bluerum Nov 2012 #1
bongbong Nov 2012 #2
Mika Nov 2012 #3
bongbong Nov 2012 #4
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #5

Response to Whovian (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:57 PM

1. .... but they won't stop using these technologies anytime soon...

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:17 PM

2. Slight error

 

Tesla developed AC motors. He didn't develop electric distribution. Edison did.

Luckily, Edison was a strong agnostic, almost an atheist. He also detested war & stayed away from working on inventions that would iad the pursuit of war. The closest he got to working on war-related technology was when he was begged to be president of the 1914 US Navy torpedo research group. After a few months he quit.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:55 PM

3. Tesla developed the distribution of alternating current.

Edison pushed for the inferior direct current distribution.

Tesla Patent 381,970 - System of Electrical Distribution
http://www.teslauniverse.com/nikola-tesla-patents-381,970-electrical-distribution



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Response to Mika (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:33 PM

4. Nope

 

You're confusing Tesla's patent claims for improvements on what we now call transformers with electrical wiring.

Edison was the first guy to conceptualize the idea of having a central power station & wiring to homes & businesses. This is one of several patents he got for his work.

http://www.google.com/patents/US263142

The cult of Tesla (as talented as he was) is largely seized upon by non-engineers who don't really understand what he did, as some way to "beat" Edison. In reality, as I posted above, Edison was in some ways what we would now call a "progressive" (but not all by a long shot).

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:37 PM

5. Well after all, God is an iron

"If a person who indulges in gluttony is a glutton, and a person who commits a felony is a felon, then God is an iron." Spider Robinson

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