We all use electricity every day. Many everyday items that use electricity would not be possible without the inventions and genius of Nikola Tesla.
Nikola Tesla was born in Smilijan, Lika in Croatia. He was born on July 10, 1856. His father was a priest and his mother was an inventor. Even at an early age, Tesla had an amazing mind, he had a photographic memory and memorized entire books. Starting in his childhood and continuing on through adulthood, Tesla was plagued by a condition where he would be blinded by brilliant flashes of light. Growing up, Tesla was fascinated with electricity and in 1881, he became an electrical engineer. While there, he thought of ideas for the induction motor. In 1884, at the age of 27 Tesla came to the United States.
Tesla found work under Thomas Edison, another famous American inventor. Edison said that he would pay Tesla a large sum of money to work out the bugs in his system of transferring electrical energy called direct current or “DC”. After working tirelessly on the matter, Tesla finally invented and perfected the method of alternating current or “AC”.. The difference between the two was that in direct current electricity moves in only one direction, while in alternating current the flow of electricity changes periodically, conserving energy better over long distances. What followed was what is referred to as the “Current Wars” the battle between direct and alternating current. During this time, Edison was outspoken and made many campaigns against the use of AC. Edison spread misinformation about AC and appealed to state legislatures, things got so out of hand that Edison was even publicly killing animals with the use of AC to show how dangerous it was. Edison also in an attempt to show that alternating current was more deadly than direct current, paid a man to build the first electric chair for the state of New York. When Edison realized that Tesla’s method worked better, he refused to pay Tesla the money he had agreed to, lest Tesla get all the recognition. Soon after, Tesla quit and went to find other work where he would be more appreciated. After that point, Edison spent the rest of his life discrediting and obscuring Tesla. As it happens, AC is the method of electrical energy transfer we use today.
Abstract Alternating current (AC) electricity is the type of electricity that commonly used in houses and businesses throughout the world. While direct current (DC) electricity is flowing in one direction through a wire, the direction of the AC is moving in a back-and-forth motion. AC electricity is created by an AC electric generator, which is determining the frequency. The special about AC ...
In the year 1882 Tesla discovered the rotating magnetic field. A rotating magnetic field is a magnetic field which changes direction at a constant rate. He used this principal and adapted it to use in his AC generators and also to his ideas for an induction motor. In 1888 he presented his ideas for the AC generator to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. They loved it and the result was a US patent and a partnership between Tesla and George Westinghouse, the founder of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
In 1891 Tesla became a United States citizen. At that time he was at the height of his inventing career developing things in rapid succession. In the year 1891, he also invented the Tesla Coil, one of his most famous inventions. The Tesla coil is a type of resonant transformer circuit that produces high voltage electricity. It is used in radio and television sets as well as all sorts of other electrical equipment.
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One of the reasons Tesla came to America was because he wanted to harness the power of Niagara Falls in order to make electrical energy. In the year 1895, he did just that and was the first man to build a hydro-electric power plant that generated alternating current at Niagara Falls. This was also the first large scale AC generator. As a result, the King of Motenegro gave to Tesla the Order of Prince Danilo which is an award given for a distinguished accomplishment.
In 1899, Tesla moved to Colorado to be able to better conduct experiments involving high voltage. Tesla also dabbled in the field of wireless technology. He looked into the sending and receiving of wireless signals. He had one of the first patents in wireless technology. Working with wireless, Tesla invented the radio. In 1900 he left Colorado and moved back to New York where he began construction of a wireless tower in Long Beach. However, It could not be fully completed because the person funding the venture withdrew his funds.
Among Tesla’s inventions were: the Fluorescent light bulb, the laser beam, wireless communication, remote control, radar, wireless transmission of electricity,
robotics, and vertical aircraft take off. Although he contributed to many different fields of science his main work was in the field of electricity and electromagnetism.
Near the end of his career and life, Tesla claimed to have plans to build a death ray of sorts. This device would be capable of destroying an army at 200 miles away but would have to be generated from a stationary power plant. Because of his eccentric personality, he was often ostracized. He only had a few friends, probably because he was a bit mad, but one of them was Mark Twain, famous humorist and prolific author. He died in New York City on January 7, 1943. Even though he only had a few friends, hundreds of admirers attended his funeral. He never put much focus on finances but instead used his money to fund more research which is one of the reasons he died in poverty. At the time of his death 2 out of 11 lawsuits relating to patents were over inventions of Tesla. At his death Tesla had over 700 patents. Nikola Tesla was a brilliant inventor and man with ideas and prototypes far beyond technology we have today. He may have been able to develop these futuristic concepts if he had sufficient funds.
The Term Paper on The Dynamics of Culture, Race, Technology and Power as Reflected in the Movie “District 9”
“District 9” is an insightful action movie that powerful reflects the dynamics of Culture, Race, Technology, and power in our world today. If would allow an anthropological dialogue between the elements of the movie and deeply reflect on how we manage our human affairs today, we could arrive a critical and transformative insights which we could use to make the world a better place. “District 9” ...