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Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison: Who was the better inventor?

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Nikola Tesla would have celebrated his 164th birthday today (July 10).

The Serbian-American scientist was a brilliant Iphone Cases and eccentric genius whose inventions enabled modern-day power and mass communication systems .

His nemesis and former boss, Thomas Edison, was the iconic American inventor of the light bulb, the phonograph and the moving picture. The two feuding geniuses waged a “War of Currents” in the 1880s over whose electrical system would power the world — Tesla’s alternating-current (AC) system or Edison’s rival direct-current (DC) electric power LG Cases.

Amongst science nerds, few debates get more heated than the ones that compare Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. So, who was the better inventor?
“They’re different inventors, but you can’t really say one is greater, because American society needs some Edisons and it needs some Teslas” said W. Bernard Carlson, the author of “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age” (Princeton Press, 2013).

From their starkly different personalities to their lasting legacies, here’s how the two dueling inventors stack up.

Who was the most brilliant?
Tesla had an eidetic memory, which meant he could very precisely recall images and objects. This enabled him to accurately visualize intricate 3D objects, and as a result, he could build working prototypes using few preliminary drawings.

“He really worked out his inventions in his imagination,” Carlson told Live Science.