The Unknown Genius: Nikola Tesla

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A genius once said “We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin,” (Tesla Universe). Nikola Tesla, brilliant and honest, is the most unknown liberator of science. He came up with the idea of many useful inventions; direct current, wireless communication and the radio controlled robot. Although he is not credited for most of his inventions, his ideas that he brought to life have changed the way we live. When Tesla stepped foot in New York he came with the idea of alternating current, drawing his dea in the sand . To get his start he went to work for Edison who was working with direct current at the time. Edison took advantage of Tesla which lead to the “Battle of the Currents”. Edison invented the direct current which was very popular in its day and is still used. Direct current created a very dim light and could only travel for two miles. With this short distance, many power stations had to be built (A&E Television Networks). When Tesla came to America, in 1884, he worked on machines for Edison in his power stations. Tesla did not stay with Edison and quit soon after Edison refused to pay him for his work. Tesla said “I predict that very shortly the old-fashioned incandescent lamp, having a filament heated to brightness by the passage of electric current through it, will entirely disappear,” (“Tesla Universe”). By predicting this, he made alternating current better and more efficient than Edison’s direct current. It could travel for hundreds of miles, and created a bright light which was the total opposite of direct current. Alternating current was purchased from Tesla by Westinghouse for over 1 million dollars (William Harris). When Westinghouse took over, the popularity of alternating current skyrockete... ... middle of paper ... ...y.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. . N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. . "Talk:Nikola Tesla." Wikiquote. N.p., 30 Apr. 2013. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. . "Tesla's Achievements and Recognitions." Tesla Memorial Society of New York. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. . "The 10 Inventions of Nikola Tesla That Changed The World." Activist Post. N.p., 10 July 2013. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. . Turi, Jon. "Tesla's Toy Boat: A Drone Before Its Time." Engadget. AOL Tech, 19 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. .

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