Scientific genius and visionary inventor Nikola Tesla was born at the stroke of midnight between July 9 and July 10, 1856, with lightning striking during a summer storm, in what is now Croatia. When the midwife commented, “He’ll be a child of the storm,” his mother replied, “No, of light.” If you knew this about Tesla, you would probably also know that he spoke eight languages, held over 700 patents, and was being investigated by the United States government for claiming to have invented a 60 million volt death ray that could vaporize a tank from 200 miles away.
But do you know why and how he and Thomas Edison, became lifelong arch-enemies? Did you know he sold his patents to Pittsburgh industrialist George Westinghouse for $60,000, and they went on to turn Niagara Falls into the first hydroelectric power plant using the technology?Did you know why scientists simply aren’t able to replicate some of his experiments? American entrepreneur Hank Green brings you the tale of the bizarre and eccentric super-genius – the man who wanted to illuminate the whole earth…
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