Nikola Tesla, Inventor

Of all the frictional resistance, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called "the greatest evil in the world." The friction which results from ignorance can be reduced only by the spread of knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of humanity. No effort could be better spent.

Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity.

Nikola Tesla

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I was about seventeen, when my thoughts turned seriously to invention. Then I observed to my delight that i could visualise with the greatest facility. I needed no models, drawings or experiments. I could picture them all as real in my mind.
Nikola Tesla
Tesla is the unsung creator of the electric age, without whom our radio, auto ignition, telephone, alternating current power generation, alternating current transmission, radio, and television, would all have been impossible.
Frank Dominic Germano
General information about the electrical inventor and inquiries from members of the public about what federal agency seized his papers after his death. As of 1943, the papers were retained by the Alien Property Custodian.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The world of Nikola Tesla's light laboratory is evoked by Maria Kunda's stage design. Members of the audience face each other across a narrow divide. This design device is a metaphor for the alternating current (AC) system developed by Tesla.
Sue Moss
The Museum of Nikola Tesla in Belgrade keeps complete personal belongings of Nikola Tesla, which were collected and transferred to Belgrade after his death in New York in 1943. Site includes a virtual tour.
Sanda Prastalo et al
This ability - to create inventions without written plans - may have some bearing on Nikola's ability to visualize the complete plans for his inventions without ever having to put pen to paper.
British Broadcasting Corporation
Tesla had a keen memory and ability to visualize and construct complicated objects in his mind's eye... he claimed to suffer from a Edgar Allen Poe-like hypersensitivity of perception.
Eric Weisstein's World of Biography
Tesla was an extraordinary student who frequently enraged his professors, questioning the technological status quo with an insight that surpassed his instructors.
Corrosion Doctors
It seems he had started a small earthquake in his neighborhood which had smashed windows, swayed buildings, and sent panicky neighbors rushing into the streets.
Hundreds of Tesla links.
Bill Beaty
By the early 1900s, Tesla had received patents on over one hundred of his inventions and developed countless more after it became financially impossible for him to continue the patenting process.
Katy Schiel
He succeeded in illuminating the world and facilitating rapid communication, but all that may be only a pale reflection of what he had seen inside within.
Andrei Codrescu
Tesla was not oblivious of his idiosyncrasies; he was quite aware of them and of the friction which they caused in his daily life. They were an essential part of him, however, and he could no more have dispensed with them than he could his right arm.
John O'Neill
Questions include the Death Ray machine, and speculation that Tesla might have caused the explosion in Tunguska, Siberia in 1908.
Ask Dr. Seifer
Radiant energy was bound up within the elusive ether, but could be made manifest by the creation of an abrupt disruption in the equilibrium of the ether fractions using one way, high magnitude pulses of short duration.
Ken Adachi
Our mission is the preservation and adaptive reuse of Wardenclyffe, the century-old laboratory of electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla located in Shoreham, Long Island, New York.
A comprehensive online biography based on the PBS special. Includes discussions of Tesla's key inventions: AC motor, Tesla coil, radio, remote control, and improved lightning. Also, a teacher's guide, and a virtual tour of he Niagara power system
Public Broadcasting Service
In this epic-length series, ParaScope takes a look at the early life and bizarre eccentricities of the great inventor, and his hard-fought first victory with the alternating current engine.
D. Trull, Parascope

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