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Nikola Tesla Presentation
Transcript of Nikola Tesla Presentation
July 10, 1856 – January 7, 1943
Interesting Tesla facts
Nikola Tesla was a great man. He created AC power and dedicated his life to increase scientific knowledge. Despite being some what crazy, many will agree that he is one of the greatest scientists who ever lived.
Nikola Tesla was born in Serbia in the village of Smiljan in the Austrian Empire or modern day Croatia.
Nikola’s father was a priest, and his mother was very talented for making homemade tools, and memorizing Serbian epic poems.
Nikola believed he got his amazing memory from his mother.
Nikola was the 4th of 5 children, with his older brother, Dane dieing when Nikola was just 5 years old. Dane was trampled to death by a horse, and some reports say that Nikola startled the horse, and that he was the cause of his brother's accidental death.
Nikola's father was a priest, and he always wanted Nikola to become a priest just like him. However, Nikola always had dreams of becoming an electrical engineer. It would seem that for the first time in his life, Nikola got what he wanted.
Nikola contracted cholera, and was on the verge of death for 9 months. Nikola's father was in so much pain because his son was going to die, he promised Nikola that he would pay for him to be at the best engineering school he could send him to. Nikola lived, of course, and his father sent him to Austrian Polytechnic like he had promised.
Nikola had incredible work habits. He claimed to have worked from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nikola's teachers noticed this and out of their concern, they sent letters to Nikola's parent's recommending he quit school before he dies from overworking. Nikola's father, not wanting to break his promise, ignored all the letters.
By his second year, Nikola realized he would no longer be able to pay for his schooling, so he took up gambling. After much failure, Nikola was finally able to raise enough money, however, he became so heavily addicted to gambling he almost never showed up to class, and when exam time came, he failed all of his exams.
After Nikola had failed his exams, he dropped out of school and faked his death because he was so ashamed. After going through a couple jobs, he moved to France to work for Continental Edison Company. The company was so impressed with him that he was relocated to Edison Company's HQ in New York. On the boat ride there, the ship suffered mutiny, and they threw all of Nikola's belongings overboard.
Thomas Edison's company only used Direct Current electricity. Nikola said that he could make electricity that was far more superior than DC. Edison laughed at the idea and said "There's fifty thousand dollars in it for you—if you can do it." Nikola produced this new energy called "Alternating Current". When Nikola confronted Thomas about his $50,000, Thomas simply told him that he does not understand American humor. Nikola quit immediately.
Nikola went on to create many more inventions, only to have majority of them stolen from him. Many of those inventions were eventually credited to him, years after his death.
Nikola was known for being a "Mad Scientist." Nikola claimed to walk 8-10 miles a day, and on his walks he would go and feed pigeons. He would care for and mend any ill pigeons he came upon. There was one pigeon that had broken bones, and was dying. Nikola took this pigeon back to the hotel room he was staying in and tried to heal the pigeon. He spent over $2000 on equipment to keep the bird alive until it was healed back to full health. He then kept the pigeon as his pet.
The pigeon died of natural causes later on. Nikola claimed to have loved the pigeon as a man loved his wife. He also said that as long as the bird was alive, it gave his life purpose. When the bird died, Nikola proclaimed that beams of light escaped its eyes.
Nikola was extremely asocial. He seldom spent time with anyone, unless he was required to. He was celibate by choice, saying that women would distract him from his work. Apparently he was very good at talking, and many women were in love with him.