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Electricity is really just organized lightning.
Nikola Tesla, seen here reading by the light of his Wardenclyff Tower.
The discovery of electricity was an innovation to be sure, but what truly revolutionized the modern world was the inventions that utilized this new finding. The electric motor, an under-appreciated invention made by Thomas Davenport and is still utilized in many modern-day appliances. In 1844 Samuel Morse invented the Telegraph, which revolutionized communications technology and made it far faster than was ever possible before. The light bulb was a rather important one being the result of much hard work and effort by the Englishman Joseph Swan. Thomas Edison would later on take his idea and do trial and error experiments until it was longer lasting (when really all he had to do was listen to his young aid, one Nikola Tesla), and with it eventually changing the landscape of home lighting and sending both the candle and the oil lamp on the way out. The Electric Streetcar was invented at this time by E.W. v. Siemens. The electricity that powers all these objects was innovated in this time as well, as a genius by the name of Nikola Tesla invented the Tesla Coil, which transformed low voltage to high voltage, and pioneered the superior power supply system of AC current, which is still in use today. It's use is primarily due to being far better than the underpowered DC current (used in small batteries today), which was championed by Edison. Edison loved DC current so much
he tried to discredit Tesla by electrocuting animals with AC currents in attempts to show how dangerous AC could be, culminating in the death of an elephant
and one of the best nerd fights ever.
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