Brilliant man, sad story.

1 March, 2008
Rat Fink


Yesterday, I noticed one of my students carrying around a book on Nikola Tesla. I’d read about him many times in the past, and got to thinking how few of us know how amazing he really was.

Wireless communication? Tesla thought of it – in 1914. AC electric current? You guessed it (Edison gets the credit, even though he was wrong). Radio? Not Marconi, friends: Tesla.

And the list goes on, to include:

  • the turbine engine
  • radio-controlled devices
  • x-ray photography
  • the basis for what is now known as quantum physics (the relationship between energy and matter)

And yet, for all this genius…Tesla died forgotten, broke, and alone.

It’s Saturday. A good day for a good read. Get a coffee, relax, and let me know what you thought.

Fink out.

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15 March, 2008 3:08 pm

It wasn’t Reynolds was it…carrying around that Tesla book?