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Originally posted by junglejake
Edison waged an incredible PR campaign against Tesla. Tesla was a scientist, while Edison was a jerk. I mean a marketing specialist. An advertiser. A total jerk.
Edison invented the lightbulb, true. Did he do it by taking current scientific theory and applying it practically? Heck no, he just kept putting an electrical charge through anything he could find until he discovered a metal filiment would glow. Electrical theory, even then, knew better than to think string was an electrical conductor.
It is a little known fact that Nikola Tesla is the acknowledged inventor of the electronic AND logic gate circuit, a critical element of every digital computer. In New York City in the mid 1890s Tesla's work was focused on the development of an independent remotely-controlled device—the "telautomaton." These efforts led him to devise methods for selectively activating any of several wireless receivers (he called this "the art of individualization") that involved multiple transmissions on separate frequencies. At the receiving end, each one of the individual frequency components had to be tuned in, in order for the receiver to respond—the AND logic function. In June of 1899 Tesla established an experimental station at Colorado Springs where he continued his studies. Realizing the importance of his ground-breaking techniques he gave instructions upon his return to New York that patent applications be prepared and submitted. During the review period, the Patent Office told Tesla that another patent application for a similar concept had been received from Reginald Fessenden, and in 1902 a U.S. Patent Interference investigation was conducted concerning Tesla's wireless communications system. In the end, Tesla's claims were supported and he was granted protection under the "System of Signaling" and "Method of Signaling" patents—both describing the AND-gate circuit. After World War II when computer hardware manufacturers attempted to patent digital logic gates in general, the U.S. Patent Office asserted Tesla's turn-of-the-century priority in their electrical implementation. These same patents also describe essential features of the spread-spectrum wireless communications techniques known as frequency-hopping and frequency-division multiplexing. A more detailed account, including a complete transcript of the Patent Interference proceedings, can be found in the book Nikola Tesla: Guided Weapons & Computer Technology.
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
...Come on this is just some pure Edison bashing. If inventing the lightbulb was so easy then why didnt anyone do it before Edison. Even your vaunted Telsa didnt manage to invent the Lightbulb. ...
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
We can't prove Lunar Landings, so Von Braun's Saturn rocket only
put people into orbit. A now a different rocket will be used for future
Moon expeditions. Bush's war spending might make us wait for
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
I'm not too sure about Einstein and the bomb at Los Alamos.
Just getting started in 1943 and having two fine A bombs by
1945 seems a stretch.
My vote is for Tesla. His inventions have affected our lives more than most people know.
He was the first to say that AC electrical power was the best choice,
Einstein himself was probably the biggest critic of General Relativity when he died. He was looking for the truth, not self-glorification, which I respect greatly.