Thanks to Anne-Christine for the chaotic challenge! Her post is well worth a look, as is the post from fellow weekly ‘Challengerette’ Tina. Think Tina must have been bronco-riding a drone when she took those shots with her iPhone 8+. MB does not believe the ‘plane’ story!
The early days of electricity were all a bit chaotic. Prior to its controlled generation and transmission, people only understood electricity’s chaotic power from the lightening they would occasionally witness in nature. Into the mix was born one Nicola Tesla on 10 July 1856, a scientific genius born in Serbia (then part of the Austrian Empire) who would later become a naturalised American.
Tesla would become instrumental in controlling the chaotic force of electricity and had numerous patents in his name. Nine of the thirteen patents used to construct one of the first-ever hydroelectric power stations at Niagra Falls were Tesla patents. Tesla managed to power electric light bulbs wirelessly from a 3m distance. Tesla disagreed with Einstien that the speed of light can not be surpassed. Tesla considered that electricity could be generated from the ground and transferred to anywhere in the world.
Sadly, like many inventors, others, such as Westinghouse, were the biggest beneficiaries of his inventions and genius and he died a poor man; not that our bank balances matter all that much when that somber occasion comes to pass. But the latter stages of his life were financially difficult, as he had used up his earlier windfall income from his inventions on new experiments that never ‘generated’ any income.
Anyway, if followers ever get the chance to visit Belgrade, then a visit to the relatively inconspicuous Tesla Museum is a must. For further reading on Nicola Tesla – see this Wikipedia article.
A few shots from the Museum from the visit of MB:
Excellent. Noteworthy that Tesla’s A.C. won the War of the Currents against Edison: https://www.energy.gov/articles/war-currents-ac-vs-dc-power
Yes. The War of the Currents was a big win! Thanks as ever JRH.
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Tesla was a great genius, and my science students were all very fascinated by his work – and so am I. If I get to Belgrade some day I will most certainly visit the museum. I see “his” cars in the streets of Sweden. Always recognize a Tesla.
Maybe, post virus, you can organist a school trip. The staff demonstrate how electricity can pass through humans, wirelessly, very well, lighting up the light bulbs they are holding in their hands. Well worth a visit.
Sounds great! Thank you!
What a very interesting post Micheal – really excellent. Have read about Tesla and find it very sad he never gets credit where he should. LOL for your drone comment – I admit nothing !!!
Ha. Knew it was a drone with a saddle!!!
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