Nikola Tesla

July 10th we celebrated Nikola Tesla’s birthday. He was born in 1856 in Croatia, in a small village of Smiljan, not far from Gospić – Lika region, and just one hour drive from the Plitvice Lakes. He was born during the period of the Habsburg Monarchy. He went to school in Gospić and in Karlovac, and he often said that he was influenced and inspired by two other geniuses: his mother and his high school teacher.
Croatia is a small country, but Lika is the largest Croatian region (so-called county). Its natural features are very specific. While the little boy Nikola was playing in the fields near Gospić, he looked towards the massive mountain Velebit (1758 m altitude), which seems like a natural border on the way to the sea. Mountains, rivers, fields, weather conditions and sudden and violent storms, which for centuries inspired myths and encouraged people to continue to pass them on in the desire to try to understand the world around them, caused a completely different curiosity in Nikola. As a boy I see him throwing a challenge to nature for duel – I can hear him say „ I will understand you, I will learn your language! “– this is how I understand his fascination with nature. I don’t think he was far from John Muir’s standpoint:
“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” — from The Journals of John Muir
As a result of his immense curiosity and genius mind here are his inventions:

AC power (alternating current)
Tesla coil
Magnifying transmitter
Tesla turbine
The radio
Neon lamp
Hydro power plant
Induction motor
Radio controlled ship

And here is a list of inventions he was working on: earthquake machine
camera for thoughts
wireless energy transfer
artificial tidal wave
electric supersonic aircraft
death ray (source Tportal)



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