4. Tesla’s feud with Edison sometimes got downright personal.
Tesla’s commitment to AC (alternating current) as a better alternative to Edison’s DC (direct current) for large-scale electrical distribution systems, and the feud they had supporting their power system of choice is well-known. But according this post at www.mentalfloss.com
shows just how personal the feud got.
“Tesla was a germaphobe, fastidiously clean to the point of (allegedly) using seventeen clean towels a day, and claiming to have a “violent aversion against the earrings of women.” He once said that Edison, “lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene.”
And how about what Tesla said in this article published in the New York Times on October 19, 1931 (the day after Edison died):
"If he had a needle to find in a haystack he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once, with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. ... I was almost a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor."
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