The first thing I remember learning about Nikola Tesla was about his invention the Tesla Coil. I didn’t exactly know what it was, but I knew that it had something to do with electricity. When I found out that many people were not even aware of that much, let alone knowing the man’s name, I decided to do some research on the scientist to satisfy my curiosity regarding who he really was and why he wasn’t as famous as Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton. What I remember discovering about Tesla even in just my initial findings was extraordinary. He was a brilliant scientist, though perhaps rather crazy as well, but how many scientists are any different? The reason why many don’t know of him is because he was outshined by Thomas Edison, a rival of Tesla’s but in no way his superior. Tesla was brighter and had thousands more revolutionary inventions than Edison, yet Edison is remembered for plenty while Tesla is not. Tesla lived from 1856-1943, yet he thought of the concept of wireless power transmission and experimented with it long before scientists today ever even considered experimenting with the idea. Tesla was so ahead of his time with all of his crazy inventions that I just found him to be fascinating.

1. many don’t know of him is because he was outshined by Thomas Edison
2. Tesla was brighter and had thousands more revolutionary inventions than Edison
3. lived from 1856-1943
4. he thought of the concept of wireless power transmission and experimented with it long before scientists today
5. Tesla was so ahead of his time with all of his crazy inventions > perhaps rather crazy as well

Freewrite: Though all of these points hold great significance 3, 4, and 5 all can be pointed together. I guess the main point is that he isn’t so well remembered because people probably thought he was crazy. Maybe he was but I think what led to this was, as you mentioned, he was experimenting with things way beyond his time and thought to be impossible. The time he lived in, “1856-1943,” had just barely heard of and started to use electricity let alone even fathom the ideas he had already been trying to create. I think this would be a really interesting angle.
I think you’re interested because, like you said, not a lot of people really know about this man, yet he was – I’m assuming – the father of our “new” technology, the cell phones, ipods, etc. that we carry around with us every day.

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I noticed that Tesla was being modest in describing his interest in the topic the book is on and in thanking others for their results that he claims no credit for whatsoever. It was obvious that he was curious, in awe of the science he was speaking of, fascinated by the experiments, and that he found the whole process to be a joy to do. It was clear that he was excited when it came to what he was writing about. At times, he uses visuals, pictures of the pieces of equipment that are used in the experiments he details. Tesla also includes images of various laboratories. From the book, it is clear that he thoroughly enjoys and understands the scientific topic that he is speaking about; alternate currents of high potential and high frequency.

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