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The life of Nikola Tesla

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The life of Nikola Tesla

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Introduction Do you know who discovered electricity? When we think of the great legendary minds of this world, we think of physicists and scientists like Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton; but when we think of the person that is the base of all the technology we have now, we tend to forget Nikola Tesla. When he thinks of a new invention, he visualizes it, and thinks about it; then he tries his best to create it.

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Early lifeNikola Tesla was born in a small village in 1856 in a particularly violent thunderstorm. He was called a

“child of darkness” but his mom called him a “child of light”. When he was in school he had an amazingly

strong memory that he could remember every dream he had since he was a baby. That’s why he had such

great marks that his teachers thought he was cheating. It was clear that Tesla was a remarkable kid. He would perform calculus in his head; at that time it

was so unusual.

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Let's take a look at the many things that Tesla discovered or invented but sometimes didn't fully get credit for.

1.Radio: Many people mistakenly think that Marconi was the inventor of radio to this day. However, his work was based on the work done by Nikola Tesla. Tesla theorized that radio waves can transmit information as far back as 1893. In lecture demonstrations, Tesla demonstrated a radio controlled boat by which he dubbed: tele-automation. When Heine became world famous sending the first transatlantic message, Tesla said the following: “Marconi is a good fellow, let him continue, he is using 17 of my patents”.

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2.X-ray: This was a pretty interesting story: x-rays were discovered by Tesla before Rungjan was

credited with the discovery. In fact, Tesla took the very first X-ray photos. For some reason after

Rungjan claimed the discovery, it was believed that X-rays could cure blindness and other elements.

Despite testimony that X-rays could be dangerous, Edison tested it on one of his employees: Clarence

Kelly, who after having his arms amputated, eventually died from cancer. Edison also fired X-

rays into his own eyes during experiments. When questioned about it, Edison said: “Don't talk to me

about X-rays, I'm afraid of them.”

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3.Hydroelectricity: Tesla designed the first hydroelectric plan that was powerful enough to light a city. At Niagara falls, proving to the world that waterfalls could make a practical energy source on a large scale. Other people told him that it wouldn’t work, but Tesla had

already envisioned how a generator could harness energy from moving water when he

was still a child. People were shocked but also delighted to see his vision power whole

U.S. cities.

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4.The Earthquake Machine: Tesla created a little pocket sized machine that when placed in a building and set to

the building's natural frequency, made the structure wobble so much that still workers came down to the

ground in a panic believing that there must’ve been an earthquake. When the police were called, Tesla put the

device back in his pocket and walked away. Tesla claimed that if he had 10 minutes more, he could’ve laid that

building to the ground, and using the same device could have dropped the Brooklyn Bridge in less than one hour. BONUS: Tesla also figured out the resonant frequency of

the earth fifty years before the technology allowed scientists to catch up with his discovery.

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Lastly-The Tesla Tower: So far the previous inventions were all things that made it to reality, but one of Tesla’s most

ambitious projects was actually a failure over now. I'm of course talking about the famous Tesla Tower which was

actually sold as a wireless communications tower not as a means of producing or transmitting energy. The financial backing from J.P. Morgan was only pulled when Marconi

sent the first radio waves across the Atlantic making Morgan change his mind. The project dragged on without

Morgan and ran way over time and ridiculously over budget until it finally collapsed, even though if it didn’t fall, science

says it couldn’t have worked. This was Tesla's first major failure which brought him great shame. This would set him on a downward path that eventually led to the decline of

the legend; more on this later.

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let's take a look at four facts about Tesla.

1) Tesla loved humanity. As a humanist, Chester believed in improving the quality of human life but not for

financial gains. Here is a quote from Tesla himself: “Money doesn't mean as much to me as it does to others, all my

money has gone into inventions to make people’s life a little easier”.

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2) Tesla envisioned a wireless internet in 1901 while developing the

transatlantic radio. He envisions a system of collecting information,

encoding it, and broadcasting that information to a handheld device. This is basically what we have now as the

mobile internet on our phones; Pretty impressive for sight for 1901.

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3) Tesla actually lost everything at one stage. As

Tesla was working tirelessly and discovering many things about wireless energy transfer. His lab burnt down in a fire forcing him

to start his entire life's work again.

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4) Tesla may have had obsessive-compulsive behavior and insomnia, Tesla claimed that he only needed two hours of

sleep a night. It's unclear whether that was because he wanted to, or because he

couldn't actually sleep any more than that. Tesla was also obsessed with the number

three and used 18 napkins to clean his dining room before ending his evening

meals he also hated round objects, jewelry, shaking hands, and touching hair.

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The Bitter End:As you can tell by that last fact, being such a

genius and having a mind that was activated to such a high degree came with some

consequences. His great mind became his downfall. Tesla's life story of rise to

international prestige and fame was followed by an equally dramatic retreat into public shame,

depression, and loneliness.

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Conclusion:I guess changing the world was enough of a reward in

itself for Tesla. Over his lifetime, Tesla had obtained more than 100 patents and over seven hundred

inventions. But despite all of this, he was dirt-poor. For many years, he worked alone in his room at the Hotel New Yorker where he died in 1943 living on a diet of milk and crackers. So a lot of you would be

asking, how did this happen? How did Tesla end up so poor? It is true; Tesla could have been the world's first billionaire by a long shot. But he just really didn't care

about money.

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Here is an example: In the war of the currents, Westinghouse was in

trouble. Though almost bankrupt, and about to go under, so Westinghouse pleaded for Tesla long to

temporarily cut back his royalties just so the Westinghouse companies could get through this tough

time and survive. Shockingly, Tesla ripped up the contract right there and then, on the spot. This would

have amounted to three hundred billion dollars for Tesla. Tesla simply stated that he was just happy that

Westinghouse believed in him when no one else would.

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Finishing SentenceIt could be a lesson to us

all: have the purest intentions. But stand up for yourself, and know

your worth.

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MoralTo finish off, here are some quotes from Tesla: “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One

must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. ” “The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” And that, is the story of Nikola Tesla.

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Presented by: Youssef Moussa

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