# Tesla fans help me out

1. Jan 3, 2017

### Cool4Kat

Hi I am writing a book on the history of electricity and I mention Tesla a bit but not a lot. I am worried that Tesla fans will be super angry with me because of it. So, I thought I would ask you nice folks what I should include.

I do have a section on the polyphase generator and motor and a bit about his interactions with Westinghouse.

I have a comment about how Marconi liked to steal things from others and that Tesla was a frequent victim.

What am I missing? I know he was prophetic (mentioning television in 1900 for example) but also often ignored for being strange and foreign. Because of that I feel like many people followed other scientists even if they discovered stuff way after Tesla did.

Anyway, thanks a lot

Kathy

2. Jan 3, 2017

### phinds

Tesla is seriously overrated. I suggest a forum search where this has been discussed numerous times here one PF.

3. Jan 3, 2017

### phion

It is written that Einstein was asked how it felt to be the smartest man on Earth, he replied, “I wouldn’t know. Ask Nikola Tesla”.

4. Jan 3, 2017

### phinds

WHERE is that written?

EDIT: here's what I found on the internet:
AGAIN: Tesla is seriously overrated. I suggest a forum search where this has been discussed numerous times here one PF.

5. Jan 3, 2017

6. Jan 3, 2017

### phinds

Yes, that's where I found the quote I posted. He mean it sarcastically if he said it at all. It's not in the letter you posted.

7. Jan 3, 2017

### phion

Well, you're quick.

8. Jan 3, 2017

### dkotschessaa

When did the whole "Tesla is the unsung hero of science" thing get so big? Seems to have resulted from a few internet memes and a webcomic iirc

9. Jan 3, 2017

### phinds

I think it started with one of those moronic pop-sci TV shows that decided that a hour long show praising him would sell soap but it may have begun as you suggest as an Internet meme. It's unfortunate that so many have been sucked in by it.

10. Jan 3, 2017

### phinds

That's not much of a response. The speed of my response is irrelevant. What is relevant is the content of my response and I notice you didn't comment on that.

11. Jan 3, 2017

### phion

Obviously I was being sarcastic. Anyone who has read Qurora in the past 24 hours would see the humor in what I wrote. I don't read German, or whatever language is written in that letter I posted, and I didn't expect anyone else to be able to read the letter. You ruined the mystery of this thread. I hate you.

12. Jan 3, 2017

### john101

He didn't seem particularly interested in personal wealth.
He was more of an engineer/inventor than a scientist like Einstein.
It's possibly easier to compare him with Edison.

13. Jan 3, 2017

### Staff: Mentor

You might want to rethink Tesla,
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/histo...t-eliminating-undesirables-by-2100-130299355/

14. Jan 3, 2017

### Charles Link

I can read the German=I studied it in both high school and several college courses, and Einstein is wishing him continued success, (if I translated it correctly), and also does praise him for his remarkable success at explaining high frequency currents (again, if I translated it correctly). It is much clearer to read at the bottom where the handwritten message from above is typed out. Einstein does seem to be giving Tesla a fair amount of credit if the letter is authentic. editing... Einstein is also sending him birthday wishes for his 75th birthday. additional editing... A google shows Tesla was born July 10, 1856, so 75 years old would be correct for 1931... $\\$ Additional comment=I think there were probably quite a number of people who made very important contributions to the electromagnetic theory as we now know it that includes Maxwell's equations. Whether Nikolai Tesla was one of these major contributors, I haven't read enough historical accounts of the period from 1850-1900 to be able to make that determination...

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15. Jan 3, 2017

### Cool4Kat

See I feel like Tesla was overrated - loved for being so colorful and well crazy - but I was worried that he seems to be so damn popular these days. Seriously about 90% of the people that I tell that I am writing this book say "oh like Tesla?" It is very frustrating.

And no one has said Faraday!! Or Volta or Galvani or JJ Thompson or Henry or ... grrr

16. Jan 3, 2017

### Cool4Kat

But the polyphase generator and motor was v important.

17. Jan 4, 2017

### Staff: Mentor

18. Jan 4, 2017

### dkotschessaa

19. Jan 4, 2017

### David VH

What a fabulous article. The URL should give the bias away and it's full of unsubstantiated claims of its own, but it does show very well what the difference is between on one hand these two entrepreneurs (Edison & Tesla) who wanted to be heroes to the public and on the other hand the multitude of pioneering scientists who only wanted to be recognized by their peers.

The Niagara Falls hydroelectric plant being the first of its type is false. Redlands 1893 is two years older. Possibly Tesla was involved in that one, but it's a factual error anyway.

Also that comic states Tesla as the "inventor of AC", which is mostly false I think, he identified AC as a technology with huge potential and set about promoting it and making it more practical. But AC research was not a field he started. This parallel may be a stretch, but saying Tesla invented AC would be far more wrong than saying Schrodinger invented quantum mechanics...

20. Jan 4, 2017

### Cool4Kat

I only found one PF discussion when I searched and it was, like this one, split pretty evenly between those that think Tesla is a god and Edison is a scoundrel ✱✱edited by moderator and those that think the reverse.

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