Fame Isn’t Everything
“Who do you think is the greatest inventor to ever walk on the earth?” If a group of people were to be asked this question the responses would surely be predictable; Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Samuel F.B. Morse, or the obvious Thomas Edison. However, if this group knew the life and contributions of Serbian- American scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla, all of their answers would surely change. You may not be able to say that “Tesla” is a house hold name, on the other hand, his idea and contributions to technology continue to exist in our households themselves. Despite his lack of funds, Tesla managed nearly three hundred patents. Many of the inventions for which these patents were issued still exist in our every lives; the remote control, the induction motor, and the radio are just a few pieces of technology that were helped brought to life by the mind of Nikola Tesla. In addition to these physical innovations, Tesla also discovered more efficient and economic ways to transport and transform electrical energy. Every time a cell phone charger is plugged into the wall, or a television is turned on, the type of electricity that passes through the device is alternating current, a theory developed and utilized by Tesla. The system of power lines that run from the power plant to the homes across the globe was also an Idea of Tesla. These innovations would arguably, in the opinion of many, make Nikola Tesla the greatest inventor who ever lived. No one man ever accomplished so much by himself.
Confucius once said, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” Several millennia passed before anyone would be able to experience music whenever and wherever they wanted, without having to ...
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...rting out, Tesla devised a “Spark Gap” which discharges sparks between two electrodes. The gap should be adjustable as to control the amount of voltage that crosses it at one given time.
Shortly after he was found dead by a maid in his hotel suite on January 7th, 1943 Nikola Tesla was a name rarely uttered. He soon fell out of the memory of the public. Despite this he was a man before his time. Tesla set the world on a course into the twenty first century a hundred years prior to the new millennium. His life proves that being famous does not make you the greatest. If Nikola Tesla never shared his interest in electricity with the world, this essay would probably not have been types over a Wi-Fi signal on a wireless laptop that charges with AC power. Nikola Tesla may not be a household name, but that does not mean his idea are not used every day in our households.
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Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and physicist. He was also considered an eccentric genius and recluse. Tesla is best known for his feud with Thomas Edison over AC power Versus DC Power. He was also well known for inventing the Tesla Coil which is still used in radio technology today. Nikola Tesla was mostly forgotten until the 1990’s when there was a resurgence of interest in popular culture.
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was an eccentric man that was many lifetimes ahead of his generation. He was a man that dreamed of giving the world an unlimited supply of wireless energy. His genius imagination allowed him to think outside the box and solve issues that others had thought were unsolvable. Nikola Tesla proposed his vision for a system powered by an alternating current generator to Thomas Edison and was shot down because Thomas Edison’s power structure had already been established using a direct current system. The two butt heads however Nikola Tesla was relentless. After being used and rejected by Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla picked himself and went toe to toe with the most prolific inventor. The stage for David vs Goliath was set. Through Nikola Tesla’s borderline obsession to solve the design for an alternating current motor and sacrificing his own opportunity to become a wealthy man, we now live in a very efficient world where everyone reaps the rewards of his genius, few know his name, and even fewer know what he did.
Nikola Tesla (Physicist, Inventor, Futurist) – Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American electrical engineer, inventor, physicist, futurist and mechanical engineer who was recognized for his assistance in the proposal of alternating current (AC) for the system of electricity. He was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan, Austrian Empire which is presently known as Croatia. His father was named Milutin Tesla and was an Orthodox Priest. While his mother, Duka Tesla, was good in making home mechanical appliances, craft tools and has the skill to memorize Serbian poems.
mile without voltage loss and the fact it could not change voltage strength easily. When Tesla set up a system where you could use AC generators it was clear AC was the future. George Westinghouse the manufacturer for Tesla was hired to come up with an AC system to run from Niagara Falls after Nikola implemented a three-stage system for people to use. A year before he started working on his induction furnace he began look at waves that would later be called X-Rays with his single node vacuum tubes. This device differed
As James Levine is famous for saying, “I was lucky that I met the right mentors and teachers at the right moment.” To me, one of the greatest mentors of innovative scientific history was Nikola Tesla. That being said, if given the opportunity to spend the next year of my life in a different time period I would like to live during the year 1942 so I could work beside Tesla. This was the year before Tesla died, a time when he had experienced the full scope of his expertise and could impart that wisdom to me. My questions about his popularity would be answered in full. Questions about Tesla’s integrity could lead to the answer to the legendary disputes about what was rightfully his. Legends about genius inventions that could only be imagined
Tesla’s career as an inventor started when he was in his late twenties. He displayed his incredible understanding of electricity and physics when he created his first invention, the induction motor. The induction motor is a small, electric motor that has become a very useful machine. In fact, most household appliances run using Tesla’s induction motor (Vujovic 1). Score one for Tesla. Soon after he invented the induction motor, Tesla moved to America to try his luck at living the American dream. While in New York City, Tesla got the amazing opportunity to work for his hero, Thomas Edison. However, Tesla soon quit working for Edison due to some disagreements between the two inventors. And so with Edison and his men biting at Tesla’s heels, Nikola set out on his own to make a name for himself (Vujovic 1). Tesla soon became Edison’s greatest competitor. While tinkering in his lab with one of his inventions called the Tesla Coil, Tesla discovered that he could send and receive radio signals when his coils were tuned to the exact same frequency...
With Tesla's death came a flood of honorable contributions including street names and monuments, but no greater is a contribution then his own invention, A.C. Electricity. Tesla had truly revolutionized the world solely from his dreams to make the world a better place to live. He dedicated his life to science through every way possible to change the way the world worked at its core. His invention of A.C. electricity today is used in almost every machine, used to send power for hundreds of miles, and even being the standard electricity type we use across the globe. Tesla had an image for mankind that he never gave up on even if it meant scarifying his own wealth for the greater good. Tesla even developed the basics of radio and was never credited
Nikola Tesla was the man that is most famous for his amazing work on electricity, such as the remote control, or the tesla coil. He was born on July, tenth, 1856, he was one of five children. His electrical inventions were spurred by his mother Djuka Mandic, who invented small kitchen nick knacks during her free time. Milutin Tesla, Nikola's father, was a priest, and wanted his son to join him with the priesthood, but Nikola stuck with science.
Several factors influenced his thoughts and ideas. One of the main influences for his predictions was electricity. The introduction of electric power to the home begun in the 1880s (Cross and Szostack 2005, 209). Already in the 1890s, the simplest domestic devices including things like the electric iron in 1893, were powered by electricity, although few consumers could or would avail themselves of them (Cross and Szostack 2005, 209). The stove was being improved from coal and wood to gas stoves (Cross and Szostack 2005, 211). Electric lighting was in the forefront in 1879 where Thomas Edison was still improving his invention of the lightbulb: a glass casing with a filament and a circuitry inside (Cross and Szostack 2005, 158-159). In 1888, Tesla developed the first motor translating AC to mechanical energy (Cross and Szostack 2005, 159) After 1810, and with rapid acceleration from the 1840´s, the technological revolution in industry begin to meld with a new arms race (Cross and Szostack 2005, 189). Rapid acceleration included Robert Stockton improving the steamboats by adding a screw propeller in 1843, the breech loading cannons in 1846, improvements to the musket, and the smokeless gun powder in 1884 (Cross and Szostack 2005, 193, 194,
Nikola Tesla is a man that many individuals associate with brilliance. Moreover, Tesla is a name that ignites impulses within an individual’s brain which illuminate, via bio-circuitry, the thought association of Tesla and brilliance, similar to the force we term as electricity. Brilliance however, shouldn’t be the only descriptive word to come to mind when thinking of one of the greatest engineers and inventors to live. Innovation and determination should be undoubtedly included in the list of descriptive words of Mr. Nikola Tesla. For without the innovative mind of Tesla, midcentury inventions as well as current technological advances would be nonexistent, or worse, credited to Thomas Edison.
Serbian-American engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla made many breakthroughs in the production, transmission, and application of electrical powers. He invented the first alternating current motor. Nikola also devolved the AC generation and transmission technology. Even though
Tesla went on the rest of his life receiving many accomplishments. He was given the Edison medal by the Vice President Behrend of the institute of Electrical Engineers, which was the most coveted electrical prize during that time. He even received many congratulatory letters from many acclaimed scientists, including Albert Einstein. Tesla died alone, without his two million dollar fortune, on January 7th, 1943. He passed in the Hotel New Yorker, room 3327 on the 33rd floor (source). Although he died without his fortune, he was long remembered. Long after his death, Tesla was recognized for his visions, his dreams, and his ambitions. Through his discoveries, the modern electrical era was born. Lance Armstrong even spoke highly of Tesla, “The world will wait a long time for Nikola Tesla’s equal in achievement and imagination.” (source)
Imagine a world by candlelight or inefficient and or dangerous incandescent or arc lamps, a world without practical electricity, transformers, and many other things necessary for modern life that most take for granted or haven’t even heard of. This could be the scary reality we may live in if it wasn’t for an ingenious inventor named Nikola Tesla. With at least 278 patents to his name, Nikola Tesla changed the world through the application and use of his inventions. Despite all this, he wound up penniless, alone, and rejected while others were making the equivalent of millions with his inventions, only becoming a common household name by around the 2000s. Any and everyone should be able to state, with complete certainty, that Nikola Tesla is
... something to do with some kind of super technology. He is often cited in works of speculative fiction as an originator of strange theories and fantastical devices. Conspiracy theorists also bring his Unified Field Theory into their writings, stating that the work was taken by the secret cabals that control everything. As some of Tesla's work vanished after his death into the hands of the FBI, the truth or falsity of this idea cannot be determined.