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The Triumph of Alternating Current from Tesla

Clip | 35s

Direct current required thousands of little power plants at every mile, while alternating current allowed one source to power a much larger area. Alternating current transformed daily life in the 20th century, and made Tesla famous.

Aired: 10/18/16

Rating: NR

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