Much has been made of the Tesla Generator, a device which reportedly produces more energy than it consumes. But who was the man responsible for inventing it?
Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the Tesla Generator, and creator numerous other advances in the field of electricity, was born on July 10, 1856 in Croatia. By birth, he was a subject of the Austrian Empire, but later in life, he became an American citizen.
Tesla studied electrical engineering at the Austrian Polytechnic in Graz. At the university, he focused the applications of alternating current.
Even at an early age Tesla displayed flashes of genius. He completed a four year school term in three years and, like his mother, he had a photographic memory. Tesla read widely and demonstrated complete photographic recall of the books that he read.
Tesla had a strange affliction where he would see blinding flashes of light, which would often be followed by visions. These visions were often related to problems or inventions that he was working on and they frequently gave him new insights and ideas.
Tesla had the incredible ability to visualize in extreme detail. He didn’t bother drawing blueprints. Instead he visualized complete inventions in his mind with exceptional precision, including all measurements. And he constructed these devices directly from what he saw in his mind’s eye.
This amazing ability enabled Tesla to invent many of the devices that we now take for granted, such as: ac generators, ac motors, the modern power distribution system, radio, x-ray devices, transformers and VTOL aircraft.
As you can see Tesla was a genius of the first order. He had faculties that other inventors could only dream of, like: photographic memory and a faculty of visualization. Though he and Edison intensely disliked each other, Edison said that his greatest mistake was not utilizing Tesla’s ideas of alternating current in his electrical systems.
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