(In memoriam ... )
IN CELEBRATION OF 154th BIRTHDAY OF NIKOLA TESLA
July 10th, 2010.
(This time uploading from Beograd, Serbia ... )
TO GREATEST YUGOSLAV WHO EVER WALKED THIS EARTH .
Born 10th of July, 1856 in Smiljan near Gospić (in region of Lika), then Austro-Hungarian Empire, today’s Croatia (once proud member of deceased Federation of Yugoslavia). Son of a Serbian-Orthodox priest, Nikola had his schooling at High School Karlovac. He studied Polytechnic School at University of Graz and also had his schooling in Charles-Ferdinad's University in Prague. After ending his schooling in Prague he went to work in Budapest and after that left for France and finally, for United States.
Nikola died in New York, 7th of January, 1943 (Julian calendar Christmas) in the age of 87.
This man's legacy is hard to completely encompass, but I'll try to make reference to of at least his most important findings and inventions:
-Alternate electric current
-Rotating magnetic field
-Three phase power transmission system
-Synchronous and induction electric machines
-Air resonant transformer
-Whole range of lighting bulbs
-Wireless signal transmission (basis for Radio and TV)
-(Concept of) Refrigerator
-(Concept for) Remote control
-Wireless electro-magnetic energy transmission
-Tesla Turbine (by his claims, the most effective mechanical machine ever invented and built)
The list is very long, but the most important fact here is that Nikola's findings and inventions completely changed the World back then and laid foundations for the World we know today and we will probably see in the (near) future.
In his honor, the (derived) SI unit for Magnetic Induction (Magnetic flux density) bears his name (defined as - 1 T = Wb/m2 , i.e. B = dΦ/dS ). In his honor, group of entrepreneurs decided to call their company Tesla Motors and named their first commercial electric driven car, the Tesla Roadster.
Also almost every city in Croatia, Serbia, BiH and other Yugoslav republics has the street bearing name of this great man. Also many institutions, high schools, universities and other, all across my/our former country bear the name of Nikola Tesla.
This time I will not speak about the dark sides of this story, though many of you probably know almost everything about that topic. Also, I need to mention that I have seen some members, here on LL, call Tesla a crack-pot scientist and call people who admire him “tin-foil hats”. Well, personally, I don’t know what to think about those people. Btw, is that the way to treat man who practically single-handedly invented modernity?
TESLA LIVES FOREVER!!!
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Tags: Nikola Tesla, Science, Technology, Physics, Electrical engineering, Future, Croatia, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Balkan, US, Inventions
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