LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 5, page 1 of 9)

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Chapter 5

Dr. Cunningham is in charge of the Continental Edison Company in Paris. Tesla is in his office discussing alternating current to solve some of the electrical problems.

Tesla says, "The company needs to work on alternating current. It is the wave of the future."

Dr. Cunningham responded, "I can't speak or override Edison's patents; all I can suggest is that you form your own company."

"I'm not interested in building my own business. There's much we can do here."

Dr. Cunningham shrugs, "I'm limited; my hands are tied. However, there are some installations in France and Germany that need your expertise. The powerhouses are having trouble carrying the load. Can you handle the problem?"

"Sure, and I speak French and German fluently."

He travels to the various factories and investigates the various problems and makes notations. He talks with the foremen and checks the transmission lines. He returns to Dr. Cunningham's office. "I suggest you improve the dynamos. They're hindering your capacity. I also suggest we design some automatic regulators. That should solve the problem at all the facilities."

"Tesla, would you like to work in the machine shop in Strassbourg to help fix a problem?" asked Dr. Cunningham. "We'll give you extra pay."

Weeks later Nikola had a machinist apron over his suit, polishing a piece of equipment to an exact dimension. Then he starts assembling a dynamo to generate the two-phase alternating current. He starts up the power generator, and thinks quietly to himself, "If I close the switch and if the motor turns, my theory is correct."

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