This Day in Jewish History 1865: Malformed Math Genius Who Electrified America Is Born

The U.S. almost didn’t let Charles Proteus Steinmetz because of his disabilities. If they hadn’t, America might not have run on alternating current.

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April 9, 1865, is the birthdate of Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the Polish-born mathematician and electrical engineer who arrived in the United States at just the right moment to make a number of seminal...