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Post subject: Nikola Tesla
Post Posted: Jul 10, 2015 10:33 am
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Today is Tesla's birthday.
Were he alive, he'd be 159 years old, and the oldest buzzard on the planet. So here's to celebrating history's most overlooked brilliant mind!

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Post subject: Re: Nikola Tesla
Post Posted: Jul 16, 2015 7:48 am
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Tesla strikes me as being along the lines of Thomas Edison. Long live the legacy!

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Post subject: Re: Nikola Tesla
Post Posted: Jul 16, 2015 7:57 am
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Brilliant minds have always, fascinated me. I've several books about Tesla.

(Thanks for poking me about the name glitch, B.)

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Post subject: Re: Nikola Tesla
Post Posted: Jul 16, 2015 10:31 am
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If you ever want another poke let me know. I see alleged typos all over the place and don't know what to do. :?

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Post subject: Re: Nikola Tesla
Post Posted: Jul 17, 2015 4:47 pm
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I'm a little dismayed by the comparison of Tesla to Edison. Edison was more charlatan/showman/conman than inventor. Most of his inventions he basically 'stole' from others, including from Tesla (who worked for him until Edison swindled him).

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Bjyman
Post subject: Re: Nikola Tesla
Post Posted: Jul 20, 2015 7:39 am
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I had just read something that he didn't actually invent the lightbulb. Did he simply get the credit for being charismatic?

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Post subject: Re: Nikola Tesla
Post Posted: Jul 20, 2015 10:44 am
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Edison had a habit of getting subordinates and others to work out the kinks in an invention and then claiming them as his own.

As I understand it, Edison actually bought a patent from Canadian inventors who had developed a working light bulb. There's more on that here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Woo ... nventor%29.

It could be argued that, since Edison bought the patent, and then made changes to the design to make it commercially viable, he in a way did invent the light bulb. Perhaps it should be phrased that he invented the "first commercially viable light bulb". I don't think too many people would quibble about that.

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