Which do you think of the two contributed most to humankind.
None of the above.
Aaron Aaronson. First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Neither, the true answer is Sir Neil deGrasse Tyson.
I don't know which contributed the most, but Tesla certainly deducted the most. He borrowed much more money in his life than Maxwell ever did.
I don't know if I'd characterize their contributions that way. But, for me, learning about Maxwell's stuff was a primary motivator to learn more about the experimental production and analysis of em radiation (light, radio, x-ray, etc.), and provided a tentative basis for approaching an understanding of the development of the quantum theory.
This sounds like the makings of one of those "Epic Rap Battles of History" videos that are on youtube.
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