6 Controversies Of Thomas Edison

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6 CONTROVERSIES Despite Thomas Edison’s tremendous work as an inventors and entrepreneur, who established the model for industrial innovation, Edison had his dark side. He was involved in the “war of current” with George Westinghouse, over the AC and DC currents. Edison set out to destroy Westinghouse, by electrocuting a dog, calves, horses, Topsy a circus elephant and was also involved in the electrocution of a murderer, William Kemmler. Edison’s actions were all in the quest to convince the public of the danger of AC current. Despite his efforts; the superiority of the AC current superseded that of Edison’s DC current system. In 1893, Westinghouse was awarded the contract to light the Chicago world fair. Another conflict that raised an
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