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Edison vs. Tesla: Toasting a Rivalry That Drove Innovation

November 22, 2013

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All this week on, we explored the storied rivalry between two of history’s most important energy-related inventors and engineers: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

We asked you to vote for your favorite inventor. We asked Tesla and Edison experts to answer your questions about their lives, their work, their rivalry and their inventions. And we took to the streets, asking regular Americans -- and experts from the Energy Department and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History -- who was the better inventor, Tesla or Edison, and why. Their answers may surprise you.

The learning doesn’t stop today. Explore the history one of Thomas Edison’s most important inventions -- the incandescent light bulb -- in our new interactive timeline. And test your knowledge of these two important energy inventors with our gallery of “Who Said It?” quote quiz cards. Check out the slideshow above or download all the quotes in a single PDF document.

Whether you’re on #TeamTesla or #TeamEdison, we hope you enjoyed learning more about these fascinating inventors -- and how their work still impacts the way we use energy today.