Since Usenet is dying, it is harder and harder to find active Usenet
groups. I have just started taking topics and try to fit them into
the few groups I frequent. Tesla=electricity home repair=electricity.
Fans have rallied to buy the lab of inventor and electricity pioneer
Nikola Tesla to turn it into a museum. But why do so few people
appreciate the importance of Tesla's work?
Lots of people don't know who Nikola Tesla was.
He's less famous than Einstein. He's less famous than Leonardo. He's
arguably less famous than Stephen Hawking.
Most gallingly for his fans, he's considerably less famous than his
arch-rival Thomas Edison.
But his work helped deliver the power for the device on which you are
reading this. His invention of the induction motor that would work
with alternating current (AC) was a milestone in modern electrical
Mark Twain, whom he later befriended, described his invention as "the
most valuable patent since the telephone".
Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was increasingly eccentric in his later
Tesla was on the winning side in the War of the Currents - the battle
between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison to establish whether AC
or direct current (DC) would be used for electricity transmission. But
as far as posterity goes, time has not been kind to Tesla.
Born in what is now Croatia to Serbian parents, he moved to New York
in 1884 and developed radio controlled vehicles, wireless energy and
the first hydro-electric plant at Niagara Falls. But he was an
eccentric. He believed celibacy spurred on the brain, thought he had
communicated with extraterrestrials, and fell in love with a pigeon.
Over recent decades he has drifted into relative obscurity, while
Edison is lauded as one of the world's greatest inventors.
But his memory is kept alive by legions of "geeks" and science
historians. A Tesla museum on the site of his former laboratory is
being planned after a crowdfunding project orchestrated by The Oatmeal
cartoon site. It raised more than its target of $850,000 - which will
be matched by the New York state authorities - in the first week. The
total is now well over $1m.
Except for the Tesla coil, I had never heard of Tesla. I finished
High School in 77 and went through 2 years tech school studying
electricity and never heard of the guy.
It was only when I started using the Internet did I discover what an
amazing man he was.
I am pretty sure that he was left out of history because he went
insane. Wanting to marry a pigeon and keeping a distance from women
was part of it too.
His claims of UFOs and death rays didn't help his credibility either.