by n8
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I was wondering if anyone is familiar with him? I've heard his name in the past, but after researching this man I can not believe how bad he was foreshadowed. He is one of the greatest minds to ever live. If your looking for an interesting read, I recommend you do a search about this man.
here are some facts

Thomas Edison became famous by stealing his ideas
He could memorize complete books'
His patents are our electricity today
Became a Hindu teachings of the Swami Vivekananda
Created wireless electricity

He even can could prove Einstein was incorrect in his relativity theory "I hold that space cannot be curved, for the simple reason that it can have no properties. It might as well be said that God has properties. He has not, but only attributes and these are of our own making. Of properties we can only speak when dealing with matter filling the space. To say that in the presence of large bodies space becomes curved is equivalent to stating that something can act upon nothing. I, for one, refuse to subscribe to such a view"

It is also very well documented he would have flashes of the future and inventions come to his mind.

I just thought I would share as many here enjoy reading stuff like this.
#nikola #tesla
  • Profile picture of the author JustinP
    Thanks for the post n8. My dad's family came to North America from Serbia which is where Tesla was originally from. So he is a big name in Serbian culture. Many people talk about the facts that you have stated in your post.

    Thanks for sharing though, I do not know very much about the man but now I am inspired to do some research and learn about his incredible mind!
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Tesla was a great man, however, Edison was famous long before Tesla showed up.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      Tesla was a great man, however, Edison was famous long before Tesla showed up.
      Well, tesla WAS only 13 when edison had his first patent, but we may never know who REALLY did what. The three biggest names in the industry at that time seemed to be edison, westinghouse, and tesla. But HEY, henry and faraday had some impact also. I guess they figured they had to give henry credit for SOMETHING, so he got some credit for induction. It IS interesting though that edison got credit for the lightbulb that ran with power he got credit for that was impractical without westinghouses idea that leveraged faradays idea(that henry got some credit for), and another of faradays ideas. Meanwhile, that change opened the way for an idea tesla had that could have been inspired by, or could have inspired, marconis ideas. Who could really say?

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  • Profile picture of the author Dalun
    didnt he invent a deathray to chase off ufos?


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  • Profile picture of the author sterlingtek
    He was no doubt a very smart and active researcher in a number of fields. He did work for Edison for a while and then for Westinghouse. He was part of the DC vs. AC war where Edison was already using DC to wire houses and AC came along and displaced it for very sound reasons, (energy loses in transmission). He did use resonant circuits to transmit power to fun things like light bulbs, but the efficiency unfortunately does not make it very practical, even with the non-radiating antennas being built today.

    His "proof" of general relativity not being a sound theory rests with his interpretation of what space is, unfortunately for him there is a lot of experimental evidence that seems to say at least until now that Einstein was correct. So it is reasonable to assume that Tesla was wrong not Einstein. (Don't worry Einstein was wrong too but about Quantum Theory see the EPR paradox and Bell's theorem.)

    Tesla was brilliant no doubt and one of the few that understood electricity in the beginning of it's entrance to our lives.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hasan Barbary
      Tesla was a strange, brilliant man who was massively OUT-MARKETED in his own lifetime, by Edison, among others.

      Lots of lessons in his life story about the importance of "social engineering", i.e. ~ it's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you know.

      His reputation is enjoying a renaissance is the last few years: witness the electric car company named after him, and the 2006 movie The Prestige (excellent movie, btw!), where David Bowie turns in a fine performance as the reclusive scientist.

      Nikola Tesla is one of my heroes ~ long live Nikola Tesla!

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      • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
        Originally Posted by Hasan Barbary View Post

        Tesla was a strange, brilliant man who was massively OUT-MARKETED in his own lifetime, by Edison, among others.
        Tesla actually was responsible because he chose to position
        his work along the lines of P.T. Barnum. He would put on shows
        of his inventions and was regarded as an entertainer.

        Edison chose a different sort of positioning for his business. By
        the time Tesla realized he was being marginalized as an inventor
        because of his marketing choices, it was probably to late to
        turn around and do it differently.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
          The inventor of the Tesla coil:

          Tesla Coil

          Still a popular project in school sciences:

          How to build a Tesla Coil

          Interesting, but I can't say I get much inspiration for success, power, and self-improvement from him.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caritas
    Hello:

    Good sources of information about Tesla's work can be found at the following sites:

    The Tom Bearden Website - Col. Tom Bearden's site. Bearden explains the scalar wave technology (transverse and longitudinal waves) and Tesla's ideas. His lectures and information are excellent. They can be followed by a general audience.

    Bearden also refers to the mathematical works of Prof. E. T. Whittaker (UK) from the early 1900's (maybe late 1800's). These books are available online at archive.org and elsewhere on the net.

    Whittaker does the math without the simplifications and, hence, without the loss of information introduced by the use of vectors.

    Free Energy | Dr. Peter Lindemann's Website - Dr. Peter Lindemann's site. He also has some excellent videos and books. He was involved in creating films in the 1980's about Telsa's work as the following quote explains:

    "In 1987, Michael Knox, Peter Lindemann, Tom Brown and Eric Dollard founded Borderland Labs and produced all of the experimental apparatus seen in the classic films produced by Borderland Sciences Research Foundation in 1987 and 1988. These include Free Energy Research, Tesla's Longitudinal Electricity, and Transverse and Longitudinal Electric Waves. A number of other astonishing films were made during this time, but never released."

    In one of these films, they recreated a Tesla-patented wireless device which demonstrated a different type of electricity -- for one thing, a light bulb remained cool to the touch.

    Copies of these films are probably "in the wild" on the net. Lindemann himself refers to this in one of his talks.

    Caritas
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    • Profile picture of the author Caritas
      Originally Posted by Caritas View Post

      Hello:

      Good sources of information about Tesla's work can be found at the following sites:

      The Tom Bearden Website - Col. Tom Bearden's site. Bearden explains the scalar wave technology (transverse and longitudinal waves) and Tesla's ideas. His lectures and information are excellent. They can be followed by a general audience.

      Bearden also refers to the mathematical works of Prof. E. T. Whittaker (UK) from the early 1900's (maybe late 1800's). These books are available online at archive.org and elsewhere on the net.

      Whittaker does the math without the simplifications and, hence, without the loss of information introduced by the use of vectors.

      Free Energy | Dr. Peter Lindemann's Website - Dr. Peter Lindemann's site. He also has some excellent videos and books. He was involved in creating films in the 1980's about Telsa's work as the following quote explains:

      "In 1987, Michael Knox, Peter Lindemann, Tom Brown and Eric Dollard founded Borderland Labs and produced all of the experimental apparatus seen in the classic films produced by Borderland Sciences Research Foundation in 1987 and 1988. These include Free Energy Research, Tesla's Longitudinal Electricity, and Transverse and Longitudinal Electric Waves. A number of other astonishing films were made during this time, but never released."

      In one of these films, they recreated a Tesla-patented wireless device which demonstrated a different type of electricity -- for one thing, a light bulb remained cool to the touch.

      Copies of these films are probably "in the wild" on the net. Lindemann himself refers to this in one of his talks.

      Caritas
      Correction:

      Mr. Bearden retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. This rank is between that of a Major and a Colonel.

      Caritas
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  • Profile picture of the author binjai15
    His character in The Prestige is very inspiring...."The problem is, Mr. Angier, exact science is not really an exact science..." I think it's true, we won't be able to uncover all the secrets of this unpredictable universe. Our knowledge is merely contemporary and might always be challenged over time.
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  • Profile picture of the author DigiCypher
    Tesla was an amazing man. Certainly one of the most brilliant in recent centuries. Most people take alot of thing for granted that Tesla either invented, or had a hand in creating. He inspired many many other scientists and we would no doubt be no where near the technological level we are today if he hadn't been alive.

    Also, he was a bit of a mad scientist. He had plans for a death ray and other various things. Check him out if you haven't. He's by far one of my favorites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marko Vel
    And he was born in my country, in Serbia
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    Originally Posted by n8 View Post


    He even can could prove Einstein was incorrect in his relativity theory "I hold that space cannot be curved, for the simple reason that it can have no properties. It might as well be said that God has properties. He has not, but only attributes and these are of our own making. Of properties we can only speak when dealing with matter filling the space. To say that in the presence of large bodies space becomes curved is equivalent to stating that something can act upon nothing. I, for one, refuse to subscribe to such a view"


    I just thought I would share as many here enjoy reading stuff like this.
    Dude...I really appreciate this thread. Thank you.

    I do know that Einstein himself knew that his theory was wrong but I'm not sure if the basis of this explanation was the same as Nikola's. I just don't know enough about it to speculate but it's definitely worth looking into

    Thanks man. I love finding brilliant minds
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    OH OH OH!!

    Is this the guy that could make lightning with his hand?

    And as a child his mom was always telling him to look at things and to restructure them and to look at these reactions of these structures??

    Cuz if it is, this guy is a BEAST! I just forgot about him in my success studies.(I'm only 19 lol)
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  • Profile picture of the author Tajine
    Yes indeed Tesla was a genius. In fact he invented the radio before Marconi & is responsible for giving us Alternating Current which is the basis of all our wall socket power. AC power gave rise to the transformer which then allowed electricity to be distributed hundreds of miles/km away, unlike the direct power (DC) which Edison vainly tried to establish as the basis of power transmission, which could only be sent in the vicinity of 30 miles due to enormous power losses.
    Tesla unfortunately for himself was not a capitalist and was largely financed by industrialists such as Westinghouse who could see the profit potential in this new power source. Tesla was "in the zone" of pure discovery & sought only to benefit mankind. He believed that he could use the earth as a conductor and give everyone free power. in a costly experiment to prove this, a huge wooden structure was built with a domed top but it was torn down by his financial backers before anything good could come of it, probably once they realised that it would not fit into a capitalist market!
    He invented an earthquake like device using an eccentric cam type arrangement that set off low frequency waves that could cause small buildings to collapse and as alluded to in a previous post, supposedly designed a kind of death ray device which I think used scalar waves which are beyond my technical understanding. I believe he also alluded to the very real possibility of directing hurricanes in a controlled manner using his electrical expertise.
    Food for thought indeed! A man way ahead of his time.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Tesla is an example of how being the most brilliant mind is irrelevant when it comes to marketing and business.
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  • Profile picture of the author PsiCat
    Tesla was the perfect example of "If you are one step ahead of the crowd you are a genuis, if you are two steps ahead, you are a crack pot".

    Tesla was so far ahead of his time that he scared people. Even today, our most modern cutting edge electrical engineering routinely bump heads with patents that he came up with nearly 100 years ago.

    He was *that* brilliant.

    Instead of being hailed as the man who nearly single handedly Invented our modern electronic lifestyle with his 250+ patents in electrical engineering, he was virtually erased from history for trying to bring essentially "free" energy to the world with his experiments at Wardenclyff Tower.

    Turns out the problem with trying to bring free energy to people is that its... Free.

    When his financial backers got wind of what he was trying to do they not only shut down his experiment, but they made sure he would never get the financial means to endanger their respective gravey-trains again.

    There's a valuable lesson in there somewhere, I'm sure!

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    • Profile picture of the author Caritas
      Hello:

      A propos Tesla's tower at Wardenclyffe, Long Island - (I believe he had a similar setup in Colorado Springs, Colorado.)

      There is some speculation he may have accidentally caused the Tunguska explosion in Siberia using it.

      Not so far-fetched as that may sound. Tom Bearden (referenced above) explains the physics of scalar waves with simple graphics.

      On a related note, I have seen the site of an Australian gentleman who has investigated a grid pattern of earthquakes in the desert. This location is, historically, one of the most earthquake-free areas on earth.

      Caritas
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  • Profile picture of the author 4thstreet
    When I saw the name Tesla all I could think of was the band.
    I'll have to read up on him as I feel that I am missing out on some interesting information.

    I also lived near Shoreham and never heard of Wardenclyffe Tower.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOExpert104
    I am actually half Serbian, my mom is a Croatian and my dad is Serbian.
    I agree, his invention of electricity and etc was a huge success , and congratz to him, this wouldn't be here, we would be writing this stuff if it weren't because of him.
    The actual Serbian International Airport in Belgrade/Beograd (Capital City) is named after him. He did so many stuff we don't know, and if he existed now, he would probably be the top marketer haha... but what he has done is truly amazing, and it's one of the most amazing things, that we use everyday , and that you are actually using right now, ELECTRICITY.. I give 1 big clap for HIM!
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  • Profile picture of the author inetcadet
    Yup i read about this man too. i've read that he made an invention that allowed him to generate electricity with any cost. I mean free electricity for all. But the industrialists at that time did'nt like the idea. And i've also read that he successfully invented an electric car but the same happend again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Baker
    Didn't know anything about him, so thanks everyone for the insight into him.

    I'll have to find out more about him - sounds interesting.
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    • Profile picture of the author Isaachun
      Only realize his important contributions just a month or two ago, I watched documentary of his life on Discovery.

      It was really interesting especially the AC/DC war between him and Thomas Edison. On technical terms, he outsmarted Edison and even created a better lightbulb.

      It's undeniable the he has made massive contribution to society by inventing an efficient way in distribution of electricity. His contributions will be felt by generations to come.

      But his private life and business investments are a different story. We can learn a lot from his story on how to maximize our talents and how talents is not synonymous with business success. It takes more than a genius to be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author regr8
    Tesla is a true scientist. Edison is a scientist, BUT any idea will be useless if it isn't being monetize. It's like "First come, first serve". Whoever brings out a brilliant idea the first to the public, he owns it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Isaachun
      Originally Posted by regr8 View Post

      Tesla is a true scientist. Edison is a scientist, BUT any idea will be useless if it isn't being monetize. It's like "First come, first serve". Whoever brings out a brilliant idea the first to the public, he owns it.

      I do not fully agree with the statement that an idea is useless if it isn't being monetize. Perhaps you mean it's not useful in a business sense. Cause a lot of ideas might not be monetize but is of great value to society and humankind.

      We cannot deny the impact Tesla has made in bringing electricity to the masses. Edison was not able to do it. Tesla, instead of riding on his invention and maximising profits for himself, decided to invest heavily on more new inventions. It was probably not the most brilliant business decision but he was definitely an important figure in history who gave the world a lot of useful ideas that's still changing lives now.

      Just my 2 cents
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Brian
    First heard of Tesla in the Red Alert game, the Telsa coil from the Soviet team. Then from the movie The Prestige.

    I guess he is somewhat like Tim Bernes-Lee, created the world wide web but didn't get known for it nor got rich from it. Now a lot of people are making lots of money from his creation.
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  • Profile picture of the author bioshift
    Didn't he get offed for coming up with a perpetual motion device! Too many auto mobsters not liking the free energy thing...
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    • Profile picture of the author mindividual
      Small correction: Tesla was not born in Serbia but was of serbian nationality. He was born in Austrian empire (today's Croatia).
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    • Profile picture of the author stefalex
      Unbelievably under-rated genius!

      He never put much focus on his finances and died impoverished in a hotel room.
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    • Profile picture of the author Caritas
      Hello:

      Thanks for this video link.

      Snippets of an interview with Tom Bearden are included in the video. In the interview, Bearden explains how Tesla, who was known world wide for AC current and the harnessing of the power of Niagara Falls, became forgotten in his own lifetime.

      When Tesla announced that he had received radio waves from space, that was too much for the press and the scientific community. He was already a maverick who focused on finding the truth instead of academic recognition. Now he was dubbed a nut.

      Much of Tesla's "nuttiness" is now either part of scientific theory (e.g. quantum mechanics) or established fact such as the radio waves from space.

      Bearden also explains why Tesla had to be so secretive about his discoveries and inventions as well as why he had to resort to "letters to the editor" to publish his results.

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  • Profile picture of the author AndreVas
    > He also invented radio waves. Tech we use today for remote controls or anything remote/wireless.

    > He also invented AC. The current in every plug/house in the world.

    > He also invented anti-gravity. Which was confiscated by gov. after his death and hidden from public.
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  • Profile picture of the author success5564
    go look at appliedmindsciences.info
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Interesting reading some of the comments alluding to lack of
    "success" that seem to be defined in terms of monetary gain
    or achievement.

    Not here to debate it at all.

    If I had a choice between tons of money or a mind like Tesla's,
    I'll take the latter - any day.

    But that's just me...
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    • Profile picture of the author Caritas
      Originally Posted by KenThompson View Post

      Interesting reading some of the comments alluding to lack of
      "success" that seem to be defined in terms of monetary gain
      or achievement.

      Not here to debate it at all.

      If I had a choice between tons of money or a mind like Tesla's,
      I'll take the latter - any day.

      But that's just me...
      ...not just you.

      Caritas
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  • A few years ago I read a lot of books about his life. He was a really remarkable man. Of course, like all people, he was not perfect, but is still a great person.
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