Originally posted by hoppy
I just want to be the first to say it... TESLA!
But Nikola Tesla didn't disappear. While he contributed to (or, more properly, laid the foundation for
) electrical/electronic/radio science
as we know it today, Tesla lived a full life — as much as he was an electrical genius
, he was a lousy businessman, and he never reached the
degree of celebrity of Thomas Edison. True, Edison couldn't even approach
Tesla on a scientific level, but Edison was a shrewd businessman
who spun his image as much as his inventions.
Tesla died in 1943, just before the U.S. Supreme Court found that he was
, in fact, the true Father of Radio
, a title that many
inventor/scabs (such as Marconi) fought for years to steal away from Tesla.
There's always been a lot of speculation about the government
loading up all of Tesla's belongings after his death and hauling it off to a
secret warehouse, supposedly to exploit his particle weapon
(the so-called "Death Beam") and other technologies (as in The Philadelphia
). However, by the time Tesla died, he was pretty much a crazy old man
, and probably wasn't hiding or working on anything of
There's a good likelihood that Tesla may have even ruined his own brain
in his earlier years, when he was experimenting with X-rays
before anyone even knew what the hell X-rays were.
Tesla himself called it "invisible light," and used to test his apparatus on his own
to produce X-ray images — he was probably blasting his brain with thousands of times more X-ray exposure than is considered safe today.
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 2/18/2007 by Doc Velocity]