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Old 02-20-2011, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia on July 10, 1856 and died in New York City January 7, 1943.

Arguably he was the greatest inventor of all time and had the most prolific/brilliant mind our species has ever known. I wanted to write this thread to give Tesla some long overdue credit for his genius and contributions to our modern and technical civilization.

He contributed in a myriad of ways to our society: from commercial electricity to the AC induction motor to radio and even television. He is given credit for ushering in the Second Industrial Revolution.

He filed at least 278 patents, but history has "robbed" him of the fame and respect that he deserves. We all learned in school that Marconi developed radio; however it was Tesla's patents that Marconi used and in a 1943 Supreme Court ruling, Tesla had his patents for radio made legal and valid.

He fought with Thomas Edison over Direct Current versus Alternating Current(Edison had large sums of money invested and holdings in DC power production/transmission) and they became bitter enemies after Tesla's systems were proven superior to Edison's.

Tesla was not business savy in the least and sold many of his patents for Alternating Current, among others, to George Westinghouse for a small sum of money. He died alone, broke and destitute. However upon his demise the FBI promptly confiscated all of his notes and writings etc.

Tesla was very eccentric and had problems interacting in social situations. He was obsessed with rescuing pigeons and nursing them back to health. He was terrified of germs and of women wearing earrings and died having never married.

Some of his contributions include:
(1) Radio
(2) AC Induction Motor
(3) Alternating Current....Polyphase Power
(4) Better light bulb than Edison
(5) Electric Ignitions
(6) Remote Radio Controls
(7) Arc Lights
(8) Fluorescent Lights
(9) Tesla Coils
(10) Vacuum Tubes
(11) Loudspeakers
(12) Microwave Research
(13) X-Ray Research
And MANY OTHERS!

His lack of business sense, extreme honesty and eccentricities.... including some strange theories, contributed to both his peers and society in general ostrasizing him. Hopefully as time passes history will restore his legacy and genius as one of the greatest minds and inventors of all time.

Nikola Tesla - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tesla's Biography

Nikola Tesla (1856 - 1943)

PBS: Tesla - Master of Lightning: Life and Legacy

List of Tesla patents - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Second Industrial Revolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alternating current - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Induction motor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tesla coil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Polyphase system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://www.lostartsmedia.com/images/teslafbifile.pdf

http://www.ntesla.org/index.php (broken link)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaxD_4n3KMg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5uiK...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoY_7mbm5ng&feature=fvw


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGPpx...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1o70...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vllft...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd84b...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq2Of...eature=related

Thanx for reading my thread.....I hope you enjoyed it and please feel free to comment..
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:22 PM
 
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This man deserves a hell of a lot more credit than has been given to him.

I wonder what this world would be like if Edison didn't have his political friends...

And just how many people still believe Marconi was the inventor of the radio?

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Extreme honesty
How rare a trait that is today.

Informative post Pitts

Thanx.....

+1 for ya...
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:26 AM
 
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Nikola Tesla - Crystalinks

The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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Tesla was a real pioneer and true hero of mine.

He deserves a lot more credit for his inventions than he is given.

Glad someone is recognizing his genius.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Tesla was a real pioneer and true hero of mine.

He deserves a lot more credit for his inventions than he is given.

Glad someone is recognizing his genius.
I totally agree....it seems few people even know who he is; let alone realize that our modern society is indebted to his genius. It's terrible how the history books don't really mention him at all and give others the credit for his inventions...just not right!
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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Could it be because he was not American by birth?

How else can you explain why American history has so totally ignored this genius?
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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Could it be because he was not American by birth?

How else can you explain why American history has so totally ignored this genius?
Spot on ..... as i never was taught about him during all my school years back during the 70's and early 80's as it took listening those numerous Art Bell late nite shows on Coast To Coast for me to learn about him back in the 90's.

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:38 PM
 
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My first brush with Tesla was when I was doing some research on the Tunguska explosion in Russia many years ago.

One of the suggestions on what caused the explosion was an experiment that Tesla was doing in Long Island, NY with broadcast power.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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This man deserves a hell of a lot more credit than has been given to him.

I wonder what this world would be like if Edison didn't have his political friends...

And just how many people still believe Marconi was the inventor of the radio?

How rare a trait that is today.

Informative post Pitts

Thanx.....

+1 for ya...
Good question....I think the fighting and turmoil in his life from Edison's animosity affected Tesla's work. With Westinghouse and Marconi not helping matters either. He was trusting and let Marconi use his patents for the benefit of mankind...and sold them to Westinghouse for next to nothing.

Thanx...I tried to start a thorough thread plwhit..
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Denver
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He wasn't American.
He wasn't Jewish.
He wasn't even European.

Three strikes etc...

Other than the lil problem with not being a lucky sperm, Tesla was THE MAN!!!

Mainstream history blows. There would have been no Revolution without Samuel Adams....another one forgotten by the mainstream historians.

Thanks for bringing some credit to Tesla.
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