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History's Forgotten Genius Essay

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In the 1880s, there was a war going on in the United States. Backstabbing, secrecy, and death were common. However, this war had no weapons. It was a dual between two geniuses. These two men are the fathers of modern technology. The War of Currents was a battle between the famous inventor Thomas Edison, and the mysterious genius Nikola Tesla. Tesla and Edison engaged in an epic competition to create the most efficient, cheap, usable form of electricity. Everyone knows who Thomas Edison was, but not many people know of Nikola Tesla. Tesla was an unappreciated mastermind who changed the world with his inventions, performed many strange experiments, and practically invented usable electricity.
Tesla’s career as an inventor started when he was in his late twenties. He displayed his incredible understanding of electricity and physics when he created his first invention, the induction motor. The induction motor is a small, electric motor that has become a very useful machine. In fact, most household appliances run using Tesla’s induction motor (Vujovic 1). Score one for Tesla. Soon after he invented the induction motor, Tesla moved to America to try his luck at living the American dream. While in New York City, Tesla got the amazing opportunity to work for his hero, Thomas Edison. However, Tesla soon quit working for Edison due to some disagreements between the two inventors. And so with Edison and his men biting at Tesla’s heels, Nikola set out on his own to make a name for himself (Vujovic 1). Tesla soon became Edison’s greatest competitor. While tinkering in his lab with one of his inventions called the Tesla Coil, Tesla discovered that he could send and receive radio signals when his coils were tuned to the exact same frequency. Little did he know the impact his discovery would have. Tesla had created the ancestor to the modern radio. His timing was terrible, however, because a young Italian man named Guglielmo Marconi had created a similar device that could also transmit radio signals. Fortunately Tesla, due to priority because he was living in the United States, got the patent. But Marconi’s success and fame grew. To Tesla’s dismay, a few years later the US Patent Office reversed the patent and gave it to Marconi. The patent would remain with Marconi until shortly after Tesla’s death, when the US Patent Office finally gave the patent back to our beloved inventor (Uth 6). The discovery of radio waves and the invention of the radio led to the creation of many modern luxuries, such as the cell phone or the internet. You could say that Nikola Tesla is a founding father of modern technology.
Like any genius, Tesla had several strange and mysterious ideas. He was obsessed with rescuing pigeons. When he found an injured pigeon, he would catch it and then gently nurse it back to health (Prince 2). Tesla had many other interesting beliefs, such as his extreme phobia of germs or his insistence that he was receiving radio communications from outer...

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