Science Matters
11:21 am
Fri August 9, 2013

AC / DC: The Inside Story On The Electric Power War

Westinghouse AC power generator
Westinghouse AC power generator
Credit rich701 / Flickr

You'd think it would be a simple matter to generate electrical power and bring it into your home. Turns out that in the late 1880s, there was a War of the Currents between two titans of industry vying to sell incompatible electric transmissions systems to America. John and Jerry fire up the time machine for a glimpse of the battle which makes today's technology fights pale in comparison.

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