Reports of the flamboyant performances in which Tesla walked around the stage holding tubes of glowing lights in each hand, captured the popular imagination. They made him into a public figure. Printing stories about Tesla and his inventions was a good way to sell newspapers, and Tesla lapped up the adulation.
He might not have really had much to do with the ambitious plans to generate hydro-electric power at Niagara falls, but that did not stop the newspapers from making the story all about him. He was the man of the future. When Westinghouse won the contract to supply electricity to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in much was made of the Tesla connection. He even had his own exhibit in the Electrical Building. When Marconi announced his invention of wireless telegraphy radio Tesla told the newspapers that it would never work, and that in any case he could do it all better himself.
Tesla in fact had very ambitious plans for the wireless transmission of electrical power. It was to develop those ideas that he built his testing station in Colorado Springs in He returned to New York at the end of the year convinced that his discoveries there would transform the future. Morgan in the bank, Tesla set out the turn the dreams of Colorado Springs into reality. The result was a laboratory complex built at Wardenclyffe on Long Island, featuring a tower 57 metres in height.
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The plan was to demonstrate how electric power in huge quantities could be transmitted through the Earth. Locals told the papers about mysterious noises and flashes of lightning generated at the plant. Tesla spent the rest of his life elaborating on what might have been achieved if only the money to finance his schemes had been forthcoming. So was Tesla a genius or a charlatan?
The answer, of course, is that he was a little of both. His contributions to the development of alternating current technology — and his polyphase motor in particular — were transformative. Many of his more ambitious visions were never realised nevertheless. But Tesla also understood very well that spectacle, performance, and offering a vision mattered for inventors.
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In the process, Tesla and his backers in the press helped create a very particular image of the inventor — the flamboyant, otherworldly and decidedly singular saviour of all our tomorrows. Imagine fighting the demons of a mental illness and yet working with Edison and Westinghouse — two of the most influential figures of the early 20th century.
We know that stress exacerbates OCD symptoms. One has to wonder how working closely with these two powerhouses must have affected Tesla. Amazingly, Tesla contributions are not just limited to electricity. His innovations and discoveries have impacted everything from fluorescent lights, X-rays, and wireless communications. The U. A look at the list of the patents Tesla was granted throughout his life, shows just how big an impact he truly made on technology.
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But that is only one part of the story. Instead of getting lost in the injustice that Tesla endured or the difficulties and pain that he surely experienced toward the end of his life when mental illness outpaced his creativity and innovation, perhaps we should look at his lasting legacy, and be that much more impressed that he accomplished as much as he did in the face of such adversity.
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