Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Nikola Tesla - Obscure Genius

This is semi-related to computers (electricity) but it was such an amazing discovered that I had to post it here. For background I was doing some research on electrical stuff and stumbled across information about Mr. Tesla [deceased]. The more I read the more I realize that he is probably one of the most intelligent, if not the most, men ever to live. The history books just don't give this man enough credit. Here are a few of his inventions: alternative current (AC in your house), a telephone repeater, rotating magnetic field principle, polyphase alternating-current system, induction motor, alternating-current power transmission, Tesla coil transformer, wireless communication, radio, fluorescent lights. He also holds more than 700 other patents, the list is just amazing when you put it in the perspective of what we use today.

Mr. Tesla is responsible for so many things we take for granted today: electricity distribution, electrical power plants, power generation, on and on. His goal was to bring free electricity to everyone however we all know that bringing the electricity cost to zero is not what some would like.

Here's a website to get you started but I'd encourage you to spend a night or two learning about him, I'm humbled at the man's genius.

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