Edison vs. Tesla

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Meet the Inventors

Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Thomas Alva Edison

Some surprising facts about one of the most prolific inventors in U.S. history -- Thomas Edison.

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Top 11 Things You Didn't Know About Nikola Tesla

Learn facts about Nikola Tesla, one of history's most important energy-related inventors and engineers.

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Videos

VIDEO: Who Was the Better Inventor, Tesla or Edison?
“Who was the better inventor, Edison or Tesla, and why?” In our new video, we explore the famous rivalry between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla...
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From Tesla's Lab to Los Alamos: Powerful Magnets Come Full Circle
Learn about the most powerful non-destructive magnet in the world -- and how Nikola Tesla's work more than a century ago makes it possible.
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Test Your Knowledge

Download our gallery of sharable "Who Said It?" Tesla and Edison quote quiz cards.

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Q&A with Experts

Tesla and Edison experts answer your questions about these two energy inventors.

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Interactive Timeline

Trace the light bulb's evolution from Thomas Edison's lab to the LEDs we use today.

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War of the Currents

Learn more about direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC).

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