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Science Minds Countdown, #3

Posted by AlienCG on July 22, 2009

This Week’s Trivial Tuesday is posted below

This week, as the countdown winds down, we take a look at three of the most important men in our everyday lives.  They are instrumental in discovering and inventing the things that we use in our everyday lives.

Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla

Benjamin Franklin is the inventor of bifocal glasses, the glass armonica and the lightning rod.  He successfully charted the Gulf Stream for merchant ships traveling between the colonies and England.  He discovered that lightning is, in fact, electricity.  It is disputed whether his famous kite experiment was actually conducted the way he described, but it has been proven to work.

Thomas Edison invented many things, but is best known for the electric lightbulb and the phonograph.  Edison promoted the use of direct current for electricity distribution and had 121 Edison power stations 1887.  His direct current (DC) distribution system would end up losing in the end.  Edison is also credited with the flouroscope (also known as the “X-Ray”) and the two-way telegraph.

Nikola Tesla was the winner of the power wars with his development of the alternating current (AC) power system.  It was cheaper to mass produce and distribute electricity.  Unfortunately, summing him up in a paragraph is nearly impossible.  In 1943 The Supreme Court of the United States credited him as the rightful inventor of the radio.  He is considered influential in the early development of wireless technology, remote control, computer science and modern warfare.  It is worth noting that Tesla worked for Edison for a time and was asked to redesign the Edison company’s DC generators.

So it goes for #3 in my countdown.  Their contributions to our world can not go unrecognized.  Who will it be next week?  You will just have to wait until next week to find out who’s next.


4 Responses to “Science Minds Countdown, #3”

  1. churlita said

    Tesla always makes me think of the band. Can you imagine discovering all that cool stuff? Who would be comparable to them now?

  2. Seb said

    Tesla sounds like such a cool cat, I’ve been meaning to read up on him and his work.

  3. I am a big Tesla fan. That huge generator of his was something else! Looks like a Mary Shelley thing. But oh so real and amazing. A fascinating man. Edison screwed him over you know! Cut throat in science in those days, I guess.

  4. laura b. said

    These three guys are easy to appreciate in a more concrete way. We can touch the things they invented…they are men of big ideas that also became big things.
    Its funny how as young children we learn about Franklin and Edison, but not so much about Tesla. I wonder why that is?

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