Who was Nikola Tesla?

Why is Nikola Tesla important, and why hasn't most people heard of him?  Find out how this amazing man has shaped your everyday life. Photo: M. Jaeger, via worldtruth.tv

NEW YORK, June 27, 2013 – Our modern world was nearly singlehandedly created by one man: Nikola Tesla.  How can this be, and why haven’t you heard of this genius?

First, let’s take a tour of the inventions given to the world by Mr. Tesla.  Mind that “given” is the correct word; Tesla did not make any significant monies off his brilliance.  His goal was not to get rich; it was to propel humankind into an era of unimaginable peace and prosperity. 

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Starting off, probably the most important invention was the electrical power grid.  Tesla installed the first alternating current transmission system that fed Buffalo, New York, and his design quickly spread across the world. 

Ever driven or rode in a car powered by a gasoline engine?  Thank Mr. Tesla for his ignition system and spark plugs. 

Have you ever listened to the radio?  As you tap your toes or get valuable news, thank Mr. Tesla for that gem.

Ever played with a remote control car, or used a remote control (aka “clicker” for us old folks) to change the channel on you TV or cable box?  Tesla created the first remote controlled boat in 1898, using “teleautomatics”.  Heaps big praise for the tech that makes my clicker work, Mr. Tesla.

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Everyone is ditching incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs.  You guessed it, Tesla created the fluorescent light bulb over one hundred years ago.

Ever used a power drill?  Tesla’s alternating current motor provides the motion and torque needed to turn the drill bit.  Anything with a motor that plugs into a wall is Tesla’s handiwork.

Ever had an x-ray?  Tesla discovered x-rays two years before Roentgen discovered x-ray imaging.

Ever heard of a device called a cellular phone?  Without Tesla, we’d still be feeding phone booths large sums of money when we are away from our home phones.

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Perhaps the most powerful and important invention Tesla ever created has not reached the masses, although he built and successfully tested it before the turn of the 20th century:  wireless power transmission.  In Colorado, Tesla successfully lit a 10 kilowatt bank of light bulbs (100, 100-watt incandescent light bulbs), without wires, from 26 miles away.  Most impressive!

Wireless power transmission will be the most important invention since the wheel.  Tesla’s thinking on wireless power transmission was so incomprehensible that only now has his designs been realized.  In the near future, will be my privilege to introduce my readers to the men who have bridged the gap of knowledge required to make wireless power a reality.  This invention will be a giant leap forward that will advance humankind into the next era of technological achievement. 

Why haven’t you heard of him?  It’s a long, bitter story involving a man named Thomas Alva Edison, and his financier, James Piermont Morgan.  The egotistical and economic powers of his day removed his name from the history books. 

Edison made sure that his own name would carry on, while ensuring that Tesla’s name would fall into obscurity.  Sadly, to this very day a large majority of the population knows little to nothing of the man who gave us our modern age, and the man who from the grave will propel humans into a future of vast opportunity and economic freedom from the carbon economy: Nikola Tesla. 

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Michael Jaeger

Mike Jaeger's column, Greater than Energy (">Energy") can be found under the Health and Science area of the Washington Times Communities and he has been writing this column since July of 2012.  He occasionally writes pieces on economics and politics as well.  He has expertise in energy, energy markets and energy production and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Science and Technology in Nuclear Engineering Technology.


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