industrial world the results of Mr. Tesla's work,
the wheels of industry would cease to turn, our
electric cars and trains would stop, our towns
would be dark, our mills would be dead and idle.
Yes, so far reaching is his work that it has become
the warp and woof of industry... His name marks
an epoch in the advance of electrical science.
From that work has sprung a revolution..." -B.A.
Behrend If you were to go to an encyclopedia and
tried to find out who invented the radio, X- rays,
and the tube amplifier, this is what you would find:
radio was invented by Marconi, X- rays by
Roentgen, and the tube amplifier by de Forest.
While you're there, look to see who invented the
fluorescent bulb, neon lights, the speedometer, the
basics of radar, and the microwave oven. I don't
know who the encyclopedias say invented those
things, but I bet it won't give any mention of a man
by the name of Nikola Tesla. In fact, I bet they
won't give much mention of Tesla for any of the
many things he invented. We can thank Thomas
Edison for this. Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljian,
Croatia at precisely midnight on July 9/10, 1856.
Not a lot is known about his early childhood. His
father was an orthodox priest, and his mother,
though unschooled, was highly intelligent. Tesla
had an extraordinary memory, and he spoke six
languages. He Spent four years studying math,
physics, and mechanics at the Polytechnic Institute
at Graz. Tesla first came to America in 1884,
when he was 28. He worked for Thomas Edison.
Edison, at the time, had just patented the lightbulb,
and needed a system to distribute the electricity.
One of Tesla's gifts was an understanding of
electricity. Edison promised Tesla large amounts
of money if he could work out the kinks in
Edison's DC system of electricity. In the end,
Tesla saved Edison over $100,000 (which would
be millions today), but Edison refused to live up to
his end of the bargain. Tesla quit, and Edison
spent the rest of his life trying to stifle Tesla's
reputation. Tesla devised a system for electricity,
AC, which was better than Edison's DC system of
electricity. AC (Tesla's system) is what is used in
our homes today. AC offered many advantages
over DC. AC could be transmitted over large
distances through thin wires. DC electricity
required a large power plant every square mile,
and the transmission t...
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he had had the money to finance the experiments
he always wanted to? ``We are confronted with
portentous problems which can not be solved just
by providing for our material existence, however
abundantly. On the contrary, progress in this
direction is fraught with hazards and perils not less
menacing than those born from want and suffering.
If we were to release the energy of the atoms or
discover some other way of developing cheap and
unlimited power at any point of the globe this
accomplishment, instead of being a blessing, might
bring disaster to mankind... The greatest good will
come from the technical improvements tending to
unification and harmony, and my wireless
transmitter is preeminently such. By its means the
human voice and likeness will be reproduced
everywhere and factories driven thousands of
miles from waterfalls furnishing the power; aerial
machines will be propelled around the earth
without a stop and the sun's energy controlled to
create lakes and rivers for motive purposes and
transformation of arid deserts into fertile land...''
-Nikola Tesla BIBLIOGRAPHY PAGE 1.
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