What is Nikola tesla: Definition and 15 Discussions

Nikola Tesla ( TESS-lə; Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла, pronounced [nǐkola têsla]; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.Born and raised in the Austrian Empire, Tesla studied engineering and physics in the 1870s without receiving a degree, gaining practical experience in the early 1880s working in telephony and at Continental Edison in the new electric power industry. In 1884 he emigrated to the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen. He worked for a short time at the Edison Machine Works in New York City before he struck out on his own. With the help of partners to finance and market his ideas, Tesla set up laboratories and companies in New York to develop a range of electrical and mechanical devices. His alternating current (AC) induction motor and related polyphase AC patents, licensed by Westinghouse Electric in 1888, earned him a considerable amount of money and became the cornerstone of the polyphase system which that company eventually marketed.
Attempting to develop inventions he could patent and market, Tesla conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and early X-ray imaging. He also built a wireless-controlled boat, one of the first-ever exhibited. Tesla became well known as an inventor and demonstrated his achievements to celebrities and wealthy patrons at his lab, and was noted for his showmanship at public lectures. Throughout the 1890s, Tesla pursued his ideas for wireless lighting and worldwide wireless electric power distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs. In 1893, he made pronouncements on the possibility of wireless communication with his devices. Tesla tried to put these ideas to practical use in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project, an intercontinental wireless communication and power transmitter, but ran out of funding before he could complete it.After Wardenclyffe, Tesla experimented with a series of inventions in the 1910s and 1920s with varying degrees of success. Having spent most of his money, Tesla lived in a series of New York hotels, leaving behind unpaid bills. He died in New York City in January 1943. Tesla's work fell into relative obscurity following his death, until 1960, when the General Conference on Weights and Measures named the SI unit of magnetic flux density the tesla in his honor. There has been a resurgence in popular interest in Tesla since the 1990s.

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  1. cnh1995

    I Neil deGrasse Tyson on Nikola Tesla and electromagnetic energy

    I came across this video where Dr. Tyson talks about Nikola Tesla. Neil Tyson on Tesla. From 4:47 onwards, he says "We now send energy through wires", and talks about how bizarre it would be to walk around/stand in the way of such energy flow. Further he says the power transmission lines are...
  2. iVenky

    What is Static According to Nikola Tesla?

    I was reading about Nikola Tesla in his autobiography where he constantly talks about "static". Do you know what that is? He also talks about solving statics. Here's a quote from the book, "Its introduction for telegraphic, telephonic and similar uses will automatically cut out the statics and...
  3. iVenky

    Nikola Tesla's Ideas - Autobiography Insight

    Summary:: Based on his Autobiography I was reading Nikola Tesla's ideas. He thought of deriving power from the rotational energy of terrestrial bodies. Are you aware of that? He says, " I had discovered that objects on the Earth's surface, owing to the diurnal rotation of the globe, are...
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    What are some examples of circuit simulations with self-managing surges?

    I spend a lot of my time simulating circuits whose salient feature is their tendency to surge. I like all surges, but especially those which have any potential to be managed... http://is.gd/constcurr The non-manageable ones tend to blow up very suddenly... http://is.gd/kaboomopamp My favorite...
  5. lekh2003

    The Truth About Nikola Tesla: Separating Fact from Fiction

    I was browsing the forum and it seems to be that Nikola Tesla is a generally unliked and unpreferred guy around here, due to him being overrated and hyped. Is this really true? He seems just like every other physicist and he seems to have done some good work which definitely deserves some hype...
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    Did Nikola Tesla use much math in his work?

    Most of his work is pretty straight-forward and can be explain easily with words but did he have any contribution with mathematics or use any advance maths in his work?
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    Was Nikola Tesla a little crazy or was it just the media?

    Nikola Tesla is probably the greatest inventor that the world ever knew. His inventions are used world wide and he has left his mark on this world through his inventions. Now what I am wondering is where did all these rumors and hype come from about Tesla and aliens and free energy and...
  8. I

    Did Nikola Tesla discover a way to harness free energy?

    And did he have patent/s for it... I understand that their are a lot of hoaxes and unsourced information out there so I want to know if there is some truth to the claim. I understand that energy can not be created or destroyed but what free energy is referring to is energy that is released...
  9. D

    Nikola Tesla or James Clerk Maxwell?

    Which do you think of the two contributed most to humankind.
  10. H

    So I only recently discovered Nikola Tesla and the unfinished project

    So I only recently discovered Nikola Tesla and the unfinished project of Wardenclyffe - It's apparent purpose was not only to transfer electrical signals wirelessly, but also Tesla claimed it had the potential to supply limitless energy everywhere around the world? Is there any truth to...
  11. D

    Wireless Power? (The work of Nikola Tesla)

    Nikola Tesla's work has always fascinated me. I've always heard stories and claims of Telsa's ability to be able to wirelessly power light blubs and I always found the idea intriguing. I've been doing some research on his experiments, or rather I've been trying. I'm finding it pretty hard to...
  12. Z

    Nikola Tesla and his wardenclyffe tower

    I was just watching a biography on Nikola Tesla. Do any of you know about this Wardenclyffe tower he built with the intent of somehow collecting radiant energy in the ionosphere? I believe he also expirimented with the transmission of electricty, either through the ionosphere or the Earth...
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    Could a Tesla Coil be Used to Efficiently Produce Hydrogen through Electrolysis?

    I have been intensly studying the work of stan meyers as of recent to attempt a contraption that will charge distilled water with no electrolyte with amped up current to break apart the H2O bonds without force but to allow them to collapse by distorting the angle at which the bonds are formed...
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    Exploring Nikola Tesla: Models & Presentations

    1. The problem is that I have to create a two-minute presentation on Nikola Tesla and I'm not sure what I can show that is of interest (i.e. model, etc.) I've tried making powerpoints but I have found that they aren't as interesting as models etc. Thanks
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    Nikola Tesla: Inventions, Mysteries & Possibilities

    what do you think about nikola tesla's inventions? i know the resonence frequency has some truth in it. but it can't collapse a skyscraper. but all the "crap infomation" on the net providing that tesla invented a "death ray" i think they put more emfasis on the name than nessairy. is...