Tesla / Edison – Born in a night when a strong lightning storm broke out, as if preaching his birth, Nikola Tesla was born from Serbian parents on the eastern edge of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in today’s Croatia. His father, Milutin, was an orthodox priest and wanted his son to follow his footsteps. Even as a child, Tesla was proving an extraordinary imagination.
He says: “In my childhood I suffered from a strange disease, due to the appearance of pictures accompanied by bright flashes. I did not realize if the ones seen were tangible or not. To give you an example, I was fascinated by Niagara’s description. I was imagining a huge wheel set in motion by the cascade. In 1877, at 21, I went to Gratz to enroll in college. Here I became obsessed with electricity science. I wanted to find out more about this wonderful force. Each spark produced a thousand echoes in my brain. “
In 1831, in England, Michael Faraday discovered the principle of electromagnetic induction that made it possible to generate electricity. Faraday had discovered that an electric circuit in a variable magnetic field could induce an electric current in the cable. It was the invention of the method of inducing or creating the alternating current. It was the invention that Tesla introduced into the electrical system that is leading our lives today.
Tesla arrived in New York on June 6, 1884. A 28-year-old immigrant, determined to fulfill his dream of this new and foreign realm. In his pocket he had a recommendation letter from Charles Batchelor, one of Edison’s associates in Europe who wrote “My dear Edison, I know two big men and you are one of them. The other is this young man. ”
New York had electricity from the late 1870s. In 1882, Edison had installed his first power plant in Pearl Street. He did this with the help of J.Pierpont Morgan, the great Wall Street banker. But his system was far from perfect. Electricity was something new. Most people did not understand and feared it.