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Long-Dead Inventor Nikola Tesla Is Electrifying Hip Techies - His Name Is Branding Magic; Thomas...
Wall Street Street ^ | JANUARY 14, 2010 | DANIEL MICHAELS

Posted on 01/15/2010 9:42:15 PM PST by neverdem

His Name Is Branding Magic; Thomas Edison Is 'So 20th Century'

Decades after he died penniless, Nikola Tesla is elbowing aside his old adversary Thomas Edison in the pantheon of geek gods.

When California engineers wanted to brand their new $100,000 electric sports car, one name stood out: Tesla. When circuit designers at microchip producer Nvidia Corp. in 2007 launched a new line of advanced processors, they called them Tesla. And when videogame writers at Capcom Entertainment in Silicon Valley needed a character who could understand alien spaceships for their new Dark Void saga, they found him in Nikola Tesla.

Tesla was a scientist and inventor who achieved fame and fortune in the 1880s for figuring out how to make alternating current work on a grand scale, electrifying the world. He created the first major hydroelectric dam, at Niagara Falls. He thrilled packed theaters with presentations in which he ran high voltage through his body to illuminate a fluorescent light in his hand. His inventions helped Guglielmo Marconi develop radio.

And his rivalry with Edison—called the Battle of the Currents because Edison had bet on direct current—was legendary. Tesla won the contest, when his AC equipment powered an unprecedented display of electric light at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Fifty years later, the 86-year-old Serbian emigré died in obscurity at a New York hotel, unmarried, childless and bereft of friends. Meanwhile, Edison was lionized for generations as one of America's greatest inventors.

But Tesla has been rediscovered by technophiles, including Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page, who frequently cites him as an early inspiration. And Teslamania is going increasingly mainstream.

An early hint was "Tesla Girls," a 1984 single from the British technopop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Performance artist Laurie Anderson has said she was fascinated by Tesla...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: edison; invention; nikolatesla; tesla; thomasedison

1 posted on 01/15/2010 9:42:16 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Nice statue of Tesla at Niagara Falls.
2 posted on 01/15/2010 9:46:11 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: neverdem

Oh please....


3 posted on 01/15/2010 9:48:36 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: Kansas58

4 posted on 01/15/2010 9:49:12 PM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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To: neverdem

Good band.

5 posted on 01/15/2010 9:51:43 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: MaxMax
A truly great man.
Too bad he died childless and did not pass on his genes.
6 posted on 01/15/2010 9:52:03 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: MaxMax

Standing on a giant dynamo!!!


7 posted on 01/15/2010 9:53:06 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: neverdem
One of the more controversial topics involving Nikola Tesla is what became of many of his technical and scientific papers after he died in 1943. The government was "vitally interested" in preserving Tesla's papers and two days after his death, representatives of the Office of Alien Property went to Tesla's hotel room and seized all his possessions. - pbs.org


8 posted on 01/15/2010 10:00:34 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: neverdem
One of the more controversial topics involving Nikola Tesla is what became of many of his technical and scientific papers after he died in 1943. The government was "vitally interested" in preserving Tesla's papers and two days after his death, representatives of the Office of Alien Property went to Tesla's hotel room and seized all his possessions. - pbs.org


9 posted on 01/15/2010 10:00:37 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: SmokingJoe

Too bad he didn’t stick to what he was good at, rather than trying to be another Edison. Tesla brought about his own misfortune.


10 posted on 01/15/2010 10:19:15 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Talisker

Well they did take his papers,,, and have them to this day.


11 posted on 01/15/2010 10:20:31 PM PST by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: neverdem

Just the thought of Tesla makes my hair stand on end.


12 posted on 01/15/2010 10:28:52 PM PST by ThomasThomas (Sometimes I like nuts. That's why I am here.)
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To: neverdem

He would also be a good brand of energy drink. NiKola!


13 posted on 01/15/2010 10:31:59 PM PST by ThomasThomas (Sometimes I like nuts. That's why I am here.)
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To: neverdem

Most people don’t realize that the reason Tesla died penniless was because J.P. Morgan, who was backing Edison, saw more merit in the George Westinghouse / Nikola Tesla AC venture. But Tesla held all the patents for generators and motors run by AC. Morgan got Westinghouse to talk to Tesla, and Tesla tore up all his patents in order that the world could accept his vision of power utilization.


14 posted on 01/15/2010 10:36:18 PM PST by RideForever
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To: SmokingJoe

Neither of the visionaries Edison and Tesla had all their screws tightened down. Edison pooh-poohed the idea of alternating current for power transmission although he could have had rights to it if he had wished. Edison also built room sized horns for his acoustic phonograph recording machines believing (contrary to physics and empirical evidence) that this would somehow make those recordings significantly better. (The advent of the electronic amplifier ate Edison’s lunch in phonograph recording but Edison stayed acoustic to the bitter end.) In turn, Tesla ceded low-frequency alternating current technology to George Westinghouse believing THAT to be worthless. Tesla wanted to fill the air with radio frequency energy which would be free, not thinking about either the physics or the practical problems that would pose.


15 posted on 01/15/2010 10:41:34 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: neverdem

Nikola Tesla - The Forgotten Wizard, 9:53
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt8Y93k0pB0


16 posted on 01/15/2010 10:43:54 PM PST by esarlls3
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To: SmokingJoe

Too bad he died childless and did not pass on his genes.

Charlie Callas might be one candidate.

VVVuTttt VVVuTttt


17 posted on 01/15/2010 10:51:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"Tesla wanted to fill the air with radio frequency energy which would be free, not thinking about either the physics or the practical problems that would pose."

The way I understood his intentions about electrical transmission was through the GROUND. I think that he even lit some lights on the other side of a river with underground transmission.

18 posted on 01/15/2010 11:32:27 PM PST by matthew fuller (What we do in November will echo in eternity!)
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To: neverdem

bump


19 posted on 01/15/2010 11:34:11 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: matthew fuller
"A global system for "the transmission of electrical energy without wires" dependant upon the high electrical conductivity of the earth was proposed by Nikola Tesla as early as 1904.[67]"

See wireless energy transfer, Wikipedia.

20 posted on 01/15/2010 11:41:56 PM PST by matthew fuller (What we do in November will echo in eternity!)
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To: matthew fuller

On all modern understanding, a literal transmission of power through nothing but the earth would have been incredibly wasteful. It sounds like what was really happening was electromagnetic transmission through the air (almost free space) with the earth serving as a ground plane part of the antenna system as we understand it today.


21 posted on 01/16/2010 12:27:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Tesla was working with resonant frequencies, having calculated the resonant frequency of the Earth, and using that in his transmission of working electricity. I’m not going to argue with what he said he was doing, he was way ahead of his time. He also was working with mechanical resonance, and he almost destroyed a building in NYC with a little hand-held vibrator. All in all, a very interesting man. And it is truly too bad that he had no interest in women.


22 posted on 01/16/2010 12:56:10 AM PST by matthew fuller (What we do in November will echo in eternity!)
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To: matthew fuller

Like Scotty said, we canna change the laws of physics. There couldn’t be one single electrical resonance for the earth, being the agglomeration of diverse materials it is, but any approximation to that would be in the infrasonic.


23 posted on 01/16/2010 1:00:08 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Tesla ceded low-frequency alternating current technology to George Westinghouse believing THAT to be worthless.

Not exactly .... Tesla sold his patents to Westinghouse for a nice sum, some up-front cash and royalties that would have made him rich forever ("$1 per installed horsepower of every Tesla AC dynamo"). When he realized later that would bankrupt the Westinghouse Co., he relented on the payment, and thus stayed poor.

But the money did allow him to carry out further HF research in Colorado, which produced this famous photo.



Note also that Tesla demonstrated a radio-remote-controlled boat in MSG in 1898! Ten years before the invention of the triode!!


24 posted on 01/16/2010 2:48:39 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Moonman62
Too bad he didn’t stick to what he was good at, rather than trying to be another Edison. Tesla brought about his own misfortune.

Actually, I think you are in need of a fact finding history lesson.

Tesla was held against his wishes in this country by western political ingrates and scientific thieves. Eleven of his inventions were somehow patented (stolen) by western inventors, including the AC Power Generator, stolen by Edison himself!

25 posted on 01/16/2010 2:57:21 AM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: SlightOfTongue

Edison was a ‘light-weight’ compared to Edison.


26 posted on 01/16/2010 2:59:09 AM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: SlightOfTongue

Oops! Edison was a ‘light-weight’ compared to Tesla.


27 posted on 01/16/2010 3:00:25 AM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: SlightOfTongue

At one time, Tesla was an extremely wealthy man. What the fan boys never mention is that while Tesla was right about AC, he was extremely wrong about the wireless transmission of power. He not only lost all his investor’s money, but his own.


28 posted on 01/16/2010 4:04:46 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: matthew fuller

“He also was working with mechanical resonance, and he almost destroyed a building in NYC with a little hand-held vibrator. All in all”

I remember reading about that. He clamped it to a beam.


29 posted on 01/16/2010 5:07:26 AM PST by dljordan (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
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To: Moonman62
rather than trying to be another Edison.

Tesla had no interest in being a thief unlike Edison and Marconi who viewed stealing as a noble vocation.

30 posted on 01/16/2010 6:47:10 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
"Amateurs borrow, professionals steal" John Lennon
31 posted on 01/16/2010 8:54:59 AM PST by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

There were “inventors” that collected inventions from others and became rich, then there were those that invented for the pure joy of creating. Tesla was the last sort, Edison the first.


32 posted on 01/16/2010 10:44:40 PM PST by runninglips (Don't support the Republican party, work to "fundamentally change" it...conservative would be nice)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Tesla had no interest in being a thief unlike Edison and Marconi who viewed stealing as a noble vocation.

Even Newton stood on the shoulders of Giants.

Science is like that.

33 posted on 01/16/2010 10:49:49 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: neverdem
Tesla has been called a wizard, a mutant, a polymath, a "man out of time."

Interesting biography here:

http://www.amazon.com/Tesla-Man-Time-Margaret-Cheney/dp/0743215362/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263710947&sr=8-3

34 posted on 01/16/2010 10:51:12 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Moonman62
That is something I did not know. Thank you.

But it is hardly deniable that he was a one-of-a-kind genious. Even Albert Einstein admitted on his deathbed about him and his knowledge and theory on folding space-time and that the speed of light was not the final frontier on speed or time travel through space.

35 posted on 01/16/2010 11:44:50 PM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: MaxMax; Kansas58; neverdem

There are actually two statues of Tesla at Niagara Falls. One is on Goat Island, between the two falls. It was erected in 1976.


36 posted on 01/17/2010 12:13:58 AM PST by wideminded
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To: Kansas58

Picture?


37 posted on 01/17/2010 10:15:09 AM PST by GOPJ (Massachusetts is ready for a nude-skinned Brown man with no trace of a Kennedy dialect-Steyn)
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To: Talisker

Tesla had the “Ark” in his apartment???


38 posted on 01/17/2010 11:00:55 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: higgmeister

That would be a small dynamo these days!


39 posted on 01/17/2010 11:02:29 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"Tesla wanted to fill the air with radio frequency energy which would be free, not thinking about either the physics or the practical problems that would pose."

I suspect that the economics would have been a far bigger hurdle than the physics.

40 posted on 01/17/2010 11:09:32 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: norraad
"Amateurs borrow, professionals steal" John Lennon

Actually, the quote is "Amateur poets borrow; mature poets steal." It was by T. S. Elliot.

41 posted on 01/17/2010 11:51:35 AM PST by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwaet! Lar bith maest hord, sothlice!)
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To: thecodont

Thanks


42 posted on 01/17/2010 5:37:57 PM PST by GOPJ (Massachusetts is ready for a nude-skinned Brown man with no trace of a Kennedy dialect-Steyn)
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