Nikola Tesla Achieves Belated WSJ Fame, via David Bowie

Today, PopSci salutes the Wall Street Journal and its hedcut engraver for finding the Venn-diagram sliver where David Bowie, Nikola Tesla, and stippled front-page portraits overlap.

A story in today’s Journal documents the rise of Teslamania — the transfer of adoration from square old Thomas Edison to cool Nikola Tesla among today’s creative classes — over a century after the inventors’ initial battle over alternating versus direct current.

From the WSJ article: “‘I can’t imagine writing a song about Edison… too boringly rich, entrepreneurial and successful!’ said Andy McCluskey, a founder of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.”

Back in 1940, Popular Science celebrated Mickey Rooney (the Bowie of the prewar era) in his screen appearance as Young Thomas Edison.