Category: war of currents

4 Electrical Engineers Who History Honors But In Reality Were Giant Douches

By the end of the “War of Currents,” which lasted throughout the late 1880s and mid 1890s, 4 famous electrical engineers were left bitter, salty, and butthurt beyond belief
after battling with Nikola Tesla and his Alternating Current system. Thomas Edison, Elihu Thomson, Michael Pupin, and Charles Steinmetz, all walked a little funny after the current war (Steinmetz even worse than before), and all had to use that cream.

The truth is that they all played their part in discrediting Nikola Tesla and erasing him from history. None could accept defeat and rather chose to nut hug their own pride.

Edison was the biggest douche–using the AC system to electrocute animals, and by introducing the electric chair to show the dangers of Tesla’s system. Thomson, the second biggest, hired a janitor to steal AC blueprints from the Westinghouse Company so his company could bypass Tesla’s patents and build their own AC system. Pupin was a butt douche (poop is in his name) who discredited Tesla as the true inventor of the AC motor in lectures and in his Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography– even though the inventors he gave credit to admitted they got their idea from Tesla. He was just dick riding the others douches. Steinmetz, who worked for Thomson and helped him try and bypass Tesla’s patents, was a faux socialist who purposely omitted any reference to Tesla in his famous writings on AC phenomena because… well he was embarrassed about that whole committing industrial espionage thing.

Clearly it was in all their best interest to pretend like Tesla never existed. Unfortunately, these engineers would have a major effect in the history of science and their contempt for Tesla would eliminate him from being recognized as one of the most important figures in scholarly textbooks. This is why Tesla has been forgotten in time. Because of these douchebags. ???

“Edison and his associates bitterly opposed the introduction of my system, raising a clamor against the “deadliness” of the alternating current, which proved very effective and led to the adoption of a commercial type of machine in electrocution of criminals, an apparatus monstrously unsuitable, for the poor wretches are not despatched in a merciful manner but literally roasted alive. To the observer their sufferings seem to be of short duration; it must be borne in mind, though, that an individual under such conditions, while wholly bereft of the consciousness of the lapse of time, retains a keen sense of pain, and a minute of agony is equivalent to that through all eternity.

“Had the Edison companies not finally adopted my invention they would have been wiped out of existence, and yet not the slightest acknowledgment of my labors has ever been made by any of them, a most remarkable instance of the proverbial unfairness and ingratitude of corporations. But the reason is not far to see. One of their prominent men told me that they are spending $10,000,000 every year to keep Edison’s name before the public, and he added that it is worth more to them. Of course, in all that unceasing and deafening shouting from the housetops any voice raised to apprise people of the real state of things is like the chirp of a little sparrow in the roar of Niagara. So it comes that very few have a clear idea of the situation.“

–Nikola Tesla

New York, Nov. 5

“Mr. Tesla Speaks Out.” New York World, Nov. 29, 1929.

Nikola Tesla was an inventor, discoverer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, theoretical and experimental physicist, mathematician, futurist and humanitarian. He is responsible for over ninety percent of the transmission of electrical power the world relies on today thanks to Tesla’s discovery of the rotating magnetic field. The inventor utilized this discovery in his invention and patent of the first commutatorless alternating current induction motor which changed the future of power transmission. All electrical technology using or generating alternating current today is due to Tesla, without which all our trolley cars, electric vehicles, subways, manufacturing/industrial plants and electrified power lines, which bring power to almost every single electrical appliance/equipment in you house/work, would be impossible.

Tesla was a Serbian born on today’s date at midnight in Smiljan, Lika (what is now Croatia). He was educated at an early age by his parents then attended the Gymnasium Karlovac in Croatia, the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria; and the University of Prague excelling in linguistics, mathematics and sciences. He was a hyper-polyglot who could speak eight languages including: Serbo-Croatian, English, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Latin, and he claimed to have had a three-dimensional memory and thought process that tormented him in his youth, but later aided him with building his inventions in his own mind without wasting any physical energy. He was known to be able to recite by heart full books, mathematical formulas and poetry such as Goethe’s “Faust,” Njegoš’ “The Mountain Wreath,” Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” and Pushkin’s “Eugene Onegin.”

In 1881 while walking with a friend in a City Park reciting Goethe’s “Faust,” Tesla first envisioned the rotating magnetic and his induction motor, complete, perfect, operable in form. This visualization would represent the same diagrams he would show in his 1891 lecture before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.

After his revelation, in 1882 Tesla’s began working for a telephone company in Europe for a few years, independently working on his induction motor, until he moved to America in 1884 in hopes of capitalizing on his new discovery. Initially, Tesla was hired by Thomas Edison, but the great American inventor was not interested in Tesla’s alternating current system due to his already strong interest in direct current power system. Tesla would continue working for Edison until Edison promised him $50,000 to make improvements on his DC generation plants. After completing the task, Tesla asked to be paid, but Edison denied him his offer and explained that the offer of $50,000 was just an “American joke.” Edison offered Tesla a small raise, but Tesla would resigned instead.

After digging ditches for a short time, Tesla was offered his own lighting company by some small investors, but were also not interested in his induction motor. It wasn’t until George Westinghouse took notice of Tesla’s invention and threw all his resources into Tesla’s work. This new industry in power transmission would start a feud between the Westinghouse Company and General Electric, known as the “War of Currents” (AC/DC)…

(to be continued…)