“Who’s Our Daddy?” — Some Inventions by Nikola Tesla

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Throughout history there have been men and women that have stood out; some are remembered at the drop of a hat, others take a little mental jogging and some are just plain forgotten. Nikola Tesla fits all three categories. There are those that refer to him as ‘the father of modern times,’ others claim that he was a farce that rode the coat tails of other scientists.  If we push it all aside and look at the man, the ideas and the actual accomplishments, you can come up with your own opinion.

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Nikola Tesla was born the son of a priest (father) and an inventor (mother) in 1856; about 30 years before the first gasoline-powered car graced us with its presence.  Although his father wanted him to follow a religious path, it was his mother that captured his mind. He attended universities in both Austria and the Czech Republic and, like many inventors, he was full of ideas but after failing to spark interest in Europe, he left his home for America in 1884 at the age of 28. He arrived with the clothes on his back and a letter of introduction to Thomas Edison.  Tesla worked for/with Edison for the next year until money got in the way. While Edison was driven by the marketing and monetary success, Tesla was driven by the science and how it could help the world. Need I go any farther with this train of thought?

Being the driven man that Tesla was, he continued to think, build and even file patents while working a manual labor job just to survive. He caught his first break in 1887, with the invention of the AC (alternating current) electrical system and the solution to distributing power across the nation.  This changed the face of the world…

Now, Tesla had some momentum and was able to show the world tangible ideas… the professionals lined up, the public lined up and other scientists ganged up.  “What? Why? How?” Let’s look at some of the marvels that came out of this man’s head.

The year? 1895. Tesla designed one of the first AC hydroelectric power plants in America, at Niagara Falls. The following year, it was used to power the city of Buffalo, New York, an almost magical success publicized throughout the world. With this milestone and the mass reporting of it, the alternating current system would quickly become the predominant power system of the 20th century throughout the world — pushing Edison’s expensive DC system out the door. See where this was going? Despite the roadblocks of being a poor immigrant, being constantly blocked by big money such as Edison, Carnegie and even Albert Einstein at times, he persevered and gained the support of George Westinghouse.

So, what other awesome things came from Nikola Tesla?

teslas xrayX-Rays: Although Tesla took the first, clear x-ray of a booted foot from 8 feet away, instead of trying to beat Roentgen to the “props,” he helped him develop it.

The electro-magnetic motor: It drives everything from a CD player to the cooling fans at a nuclear power plant.

The Tesla coil (or transformer): That little black box that you plug into the wall to charge your smart phone, along with many other devices, is a type of modern day Tesla coil.

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The remote control: He built and demonstrated a radio-controlled boat (“telautom automatics”) at Madison Square Garden.

Wireless transmission of electricity (recently accomplished by Japanese researchers): sending power through the air without wires.

Tesla also built the first electric car, which has now been revisited by the motor company bearing his name.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. There are literally thousands of pages on Tesla’s inventions and ideas… never openly taught. Why? Suppressed by big money and fame… or so it would seem.


SOURCES:

History.com. (2009). Nikola Tesla – Inventions.

Open Tesla Research. (n.d.).

Nikola Tesla. (2015). The Biography.com

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Is it a crime to say he was Serbian? You literally named all of the countries he worked and lived in, except for his birthplace and home country.

    • No, It is not a crime to mention where he was from. The purpose of the writing was to put the spotlight onto the man himself within a certain amount of words. There was definitely no offense intended or implied. only a short history.

    • Nicolae Tesla a fost istro-roman.Il stergi si pe asta? Atunci o sa-ti pun in fiecare zi un comentariu ca sa vad cate ai sa stergi pentru ca noi suntem bastinasii in Balcani la fel cum au fost ameriindienii in America: ne-au furat teritoriile dar e prea mult sa ne fure si identitatea, valorile si traditiile.

      • He is not Croatian, if you put it like that he was born in Austo-Hungary.
        He is Serbian, his father was Orthodox priest , and trough my mother side he is my distant relative , all Serbs.

        So again if you want to imply that his nationality is where he is born, than he would be Austro-Hungarian.
        By blood he is pure Serbian.
        Again not that it matter to article, as above all Tesla was Human and did good for humankind not one nation, but its also wrong no matter how much Croats would want is to say he is Croat. He is croat much as im as im born in Vinkovci, but still in my Croatian documents is : nationality – Serbian

        • Croats would want so he is called “Croat”, but first look above your post what one Serb said: “Is it crime to say that he is Serb”. That’s how much Croats want him to be “Croat”

      • Common now not every body good is. Croatian . Mr. Tesla was Serbian , without a doubt, his father was a Serbian Orthodox priest , his mother was Serbian. If you want to claim him because he was born in Croatia then you have to claim Josip Broz ( Tito ) also. And you can’t claim Marco Polo because he was not born in Croatia. It’s not where you were born , it’s the blood that runs through your veins.

  2. I am a Physics teacher and tell ALL my students about Tesla. What about those new pads you place your cellphone on and it charges back up without wires? Tesla invention. Edison publicly electrocuted animals ( including Topsy the elephant) to try to discredit A.C. Tesla tore up a contract with westinghouse that today would be worth Trillions, because Westinghouse were struggling. Tesla died penniless. Edison did not invent the light bulb, he just marketed it. Some of Tesla’s ideas were so far ahead of their time that they are still to be developed into mainstream use.

  3. I remember a documentary about his life. One of the things that stood out to me was when he was dying and was asked what he thought was his best/most important invention. He said: ‘his turbine’. Of all the things he invented – we use that one not much today. Knowing a bit about that turbine, I have trouble to find a good reason why not. It is so simple, yet efficient.

  4. Everything is alternating current.
    the fabric of space is filled with alternating waves.
    the real ufo motor takes all the +, and all the –
    it feed this to the center black hole, size of a baseball, which folds space, in flight direction, and the ship skips ahead over space, like a stone on water.
    to make the 3 rings needed, the 2 of them will generate absolute +, and absolute –
    they feed the alternating current, to the center disk, it is lowered to the direction that the black hole must fold space.
    this is how a real ufo motor works.
    seen it myself.

    some patents are gone missing from Tesla, who was in the library…
    this is bad!

    • Bullshit. Makes no logical scientific sense. If anything a “ufo” motor would need to render the vehicle anti-gravitational or the g force would destroy anything in it. You would most likely have to figure out how to match the frequency at which it’s molecules vibrate and replicate it. That can possibly render it weightless.

  5. “So, what other awesome things came from Nikola Tesla?”

    X-rays – Nope. A few people had produced accidental X-rays, but it took the genius of Roentgen to realise what was happening and thoroughly research them. His first paper is a paragon of clear scientific writing. So simple yet so far reaching.
    And that boot X-ray is from 1896, the year after Roentgen’s discovery.

    The electro-magnetic motor – Nope, not even close. Faraday produced the first one in 1821. Tesla produced one of the first AC motors in 1887, published his findings in 1888.

    “The Tesla coil (or transformer): That little black box that you plug into the wall to charge your smart phone, along with many other devices, is a type of modern day Tesla coil” Not the ones I use. They’re plain old step down transformers with a core. A Tesla Coil is coreless and increases voltage, not decreases it.

    The Remote Control – Yes! But your modern remote works with infra-red, not radio waves.

    Wireless transmission of electricity – Yes, but it’s not been commercial and if ever introduced everyone would complain about it’s weird effects. People complain about living under power lines so how would they like it if they were living in a strong electrical field?

    • Modern remote works with infra red?
      Maybe you think of your TV remote and not remote control cars, panes, drones, heavy machinery, robots military equipment etc..
      No IR, because its not reliable and very limited especially on visual contact …

      Think before you post!

  6. Speaking of remote controls,they had a handheld one(Space Command?)I think it was Zeniths’.It wasn’t infrared,it was ultrasonic and you could change channels up/down,turn on/off,just basic controls,and it was wireless.The only problem was the frequency changed the channel of any like t.v.s in the room,which I found out when watching t.v. in the hospital w/4 others in our room!.

  7. Before infrared remotes and wired ones they had Space Command by Zenith.It was ultrasonic and had basic controls(channel up/down,etc).It made aloud click and generated a signal on a frequency that the t.v. received.The only problem I had was all the other t.v.s in the room changed when somebody pressed their remote(there was 4 other in the room).

  8. Nikola Tesla was a famous 20th century Serbian-American scientist who is most famous for designing the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
    It seems Tesla predicted the creation of the smartphone in a 1926 interview with John B. Kennedy.

    “When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.”

    The inventor that predicted smartphones nearly 100 years ago

  9. don’t forget the florescent light bulb. Alastar is just a dumb shit wanna be something that is all wrong. he even predicted robots and modern warfare by killer drones.

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