The Genius And Mystery Of Nikola Tesla

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Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in what is it now Croatia. Tesla, who was known as "the man who invented the twentieth century, "was an electrical and mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contribution of alternating current electricity machinery. Beyond his impressive work, Tesla had an eccentric personal life. He claimed to have never slept for more than two hours at a time, and he memorized entire books, visualized entire inventions, and fostered an obsession with pigeons. He is rumored to have figured out a way to provide free energy to everyone on Earth by putting a rod in the ground.

Are There Two Nikola Teslas?

Is the Tesla we think we know the Tesla that really existed?

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  1. Nikola Tesla's life was much more than what has been portrayed in popular culture. 01:46

  2. Images are used to help conjure ideas and evoke emotions and beliefs about a person. 04:37

The Incredible Mind Of Nikola Tesla

To say he was ahead of his time is a huge understatement.

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  1. Tesla had more than 700 patents under his belt when he died. 00:37

  2. Wireless transmission became a concept Tesla was fixated on. 05:41

  3. J.P. Morgan once commissioned Tesla to build a power plant. 06:23

Nikola Tesla's Futuristic Wireless Electricity Experiments

Did he figure out free Wi-Fi for all?

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  1. In May of 1899, Nikola Tesla moved to Colorado Springs, CO to work on his best-known experiments. 00:07

  2. Nikola Tesla successfully created working wireless electricity in 1899. 00:53

  3. Nikola Tesla lit up a field of unconnected light bulbs in a field with his huge Tesla coil experiment. 01:21

10 Things You Didn't Know About Nikola Tesla

The mystery around Tesla never ends.

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  1. Tesla created the first remote control in 1898, though it was deemed largely useless at the time. 00:23

  2. Nikola Tesla died in poverty at the age of 86. 01:35

  3. After secret U.S. military tests of Tesla's death-beam weapon during WWII, Tesla's papers disappeared without a trace. 02:20

How Does Tesla Stack Up Against Thomas Edison?

They once worked together, then became enemies (sort of).

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