Nikola Tesla was a rare genius who never received the recognition he deserved while alive. (He was overshadowed by his former boss and rival Thomas Edison). Tesla gave us neon and fluorescent lighting, electric motors, and robotics–just to name a few of his Promethean contributions to humanity. A prolific inventor, one can even call him the William Shakespeare of science.
To learn from this remarkable mind, take a moment to watch this fascinating video about Tesla’s life and work. As we have written before on Big Think, one can never learn enough from Tesla.
Also visit the Tesla Collection that has the most comprehensive compilation of newspaper and periodical material ever assembled by or about Nikola Tesla. The Collection begins on August 14, 1886 and continues through December 11, 1920. Comprising approximately 1,700 separate items totaling more than 4,200 pages, the Collection is drawn from both American and British publications and is reproduced directly from the original English Language material.
“I don’t care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don’t have any of their own” – Nikola Tesla