Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest inventors in human history. And even though his name is not as popular as that of Thomas Edison, Tesla was the genius behind it all. Some refer to him as the ‘Prometheus of the 20th century‘. And much like Prometheus gave fire to mankind, Nikola Tesla gave light to world.
Throughout his lifetime, Tesla obtained hundreds of patents on a whole bunch of inventions. And even though he didn’t get rich off of his inventions, a variety of wealthy corporations who exploited his patents most certainly did.
His inventions served as the foundation of monumental discoveries in the field of electricity and the transfer of electrical signals.
1. Nikola Tesla’s early life.
Nikola Tesla is of Serbian heritage, born in what is present day Croatia. His father was a priest and had envisioned his son would follow in his footsteps. Though, this didn’t seem to be of much interest to young Tesla. The other options were to pursue a life in either of the other two popular fields of study at the time, healthcare or the military.
Tesla wasn’t fond of pursuing a career in healthcare, and given the fact that he is later quoted as saying his most desired goal is to be known as the person who’s inventions ended war.. a military life path was also out of the question for him.
His mother was noted for her own inventive and creative ways of accomplishing household tasks. And it is likely that Nikola Tesla’s inventive genius comes from his mother.
Given Tesla’s inventively creative inclinations, his parents eventually sent him to study engineering in Europe. But his ultimate goal was to move to the US and work with Thomas Edison, which he accomplished.
Tesla’s work with Edison, however, proved to be bullshit. Not on the part of Tesla, because he completed the tasks he was hired to do. Edison, however, didn’t deliver on his end and chose not to pay for Tesla’s work. And so they parted ways.
After splitting with Edison, Tesla partnered up with George Westinghouse. Westinghouse provided the financial backing for Tesla’s works and his inventions to come.
As a result of Tesla’s success as a revolutionary inventor and his new found partnership, he rose to prominence. He was sought after by a wide variety of women from the social elite. And even though Tesla had his pick, he chose to remain single and dedicated himself to working on new inventions and the study of electricity.
While at his peak social status, Tesla rubbed shoulders with influencers of the time including Mark Twain. In his later years, Tesla was commended for his works by another great scientist Albert Einstein. And even though Tesla criticized Einstein’s theories, good ol’ Albert openly noted the creative genius that was Tesla.
2. Why is Nikola Tesla important?
Nikola Tesla is important because he pioneered some of history’s greatest inventions. His works laid the foundations for other scientists working in the field.
Tesla’s most popular inventions are the ‘Tesla coil‘ and an electrical system of motors, generators, and transformers operating on alternating-current. Both of which are in use today.
Tesla is of great importance because until he showed up, the only method of transferring electricity from one place to another was direct-current. Tesla’s alternating-current was more stable, more efficient, and offered a much better and safer way to provide light to cities across America.
The first hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls, which was talked about all over the world was also Tesla’s doing.
3. What did Nikola Tesla conclude?
In his later years, Nikola Tesla observed that there was more to the world than what we could see. He concluded that everything around us was waves of electricity travelling constantly.
At one point in his career, he even discussed telepathy with supporters of the concept. And even though Tesla was sceptical at first, he had an experience that in his understanding fell under the category of telepathy.
He was also able to light a light bulb without having connected it to anything, which seems to be where his interests in what some categorized as ‘science-fiction’ stemmed from. And even though his thoughts and theories on such endeavours didn’t receive much acknowledgement from the scientific community at the time, Nikola Tesla was quite serious.
“The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power.”