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Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
Tesla invented AC power, electric motors, and tesla coils, amongst many other things. He did a lot of high frequency and wireless work in things like tuned circuits, and wireless transmission of power. There is evidence that he may have beaten Marconi to the invention of radio and Roentgen to the discovery of X-rays.
Tesla designed power distribution systems based on his superior AC power (as opposed to Edison's DC power, which requires stations every few miles due to the higher power losses in the wires), hooked up a hydroelectric generator to Niagara Falls (which was a childhood dream of his), provided the first city night lighting for a city (I forget which one now), demonstrated a remote control 'toy' boat in a day when wireless communication was almost unheard of, built Wardencliff Tower (sp?), and probably a lot more. All this stuff is just off the top of my head, which means there are probably way more things he did than I'm listing here.
Tesla was a bit of a loner, though, and his business sense just plain sucked. Later in life he developed obsessive compulsive disorder, and became obsessed with the number three. Depending on who you believe, he may also have developed a death ray, unified field theory, and developed a way to solve the energy crisis. I suspect he didn't do those things, however.
As an electrical engineer by training, I consider Tesla to be one of the greatest engineers of all time. Things that he developed in my field are now so taken for granted that we cannot imagine a world without them. You owe probably 99% of the electronics in your house to something or other that Tesla worked on. If it has a motor, plugs into the wall, talks wirelessly, or uses high frequency, you have it, in part, because of Tesla.
Originally posted by Keyhole
And somehow he caused a building to collapse by attaching a device to the structure that matched its resonance, causing it to collapse?
Originally posted by TeslaFan
i never knew mythbusters did this experiment, i would be very interested in seeing this episode. ill have to see if i can find it on google video or even youtube. unless you know of a better source.
Another of Tesla's theorized inventions is commonly referred to as Tesla's Flying Machine, which appears to resemble a ion-propelled aircraft. Tesla claimed that one of his life goals was to create a flying machine that would run without the use of an airplane engine, wings, ailerons, propellers, or an onboard fuel source. Initially, Tesla pondered about the idea of a flying craft that would fly using an electric motor powered by grounded base stations. As time progressed, Tesla suggested that perhaps such an aircraft could be run entirely electro-mechanically. The theorized appearance would typically take the form of a cigar or saucer.