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AC/DC : [the savage tale of the first standards war]

Author: Tom McNichol; Malcolm Hillgartner
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Long before there was VHS versus Betamax, Windows versus Macintosh, or Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD, the first and nastiest standards war was fought over how electricity would be transmitted around the world: alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The savage showdown between AC and DC changed the lives of billions of people, shaped the modern technological age, and set the stage for all standards wars to follow.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Tom McNichol; Malcolm Hillgartner
ISBN: 9781433244704 1433244705 9781433244728 1433244721
OCLC Number: 228858453
Notes: Subtitle from container.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Performer(s): Read by Malcolm Hillgartner.
Description: 6 audio discs (approximately 65 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Negative and positive --
First sparks --
Lightning in a bottle --
Enter the wizard --
Let there be light --
Electrifying the Big Apple --
Tesla --
The animal experiments --
Old Sparky --
Pulse of the world --
Killing an elephant --
Twilight by battery power --
DC's revenge.
Responsibility: Tom McNichol.

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Long before there was VHS versus Betamax, Windows versus Macintosh, or Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD, the first and nastiest standards war was fought over how electricity would be transmitted around the world: alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The savage showdown between AC and DC changed the lives of billions of people, shaped the modern technological age, and set the stage for all standards wars to follow. AC/DC tells the little-known story of how Thomas Edison bet wrong in that war, eventually losing control over the "operating system" for his future inventions--not to mention the company he founded, which would later become General Electric. Today's Digital Age wizards can take lessons from Edison's fierce battle: control an invention's technical standard and you control the market.

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