And Edison hired him that same day. But there were differences between the two that grew over time. Differences that began in the way they saw the result and the orientation of their work.
So, in effect, Tesla’s idea was better, but he needed Edison to implement it. That is when the conflict broke out in which Edison defended his fortune at all costs. There was no way Edison was going to allow a foreigner who had just arrived in town to take away his fame and jeopardize the kind of electrical empire he had managed to build. Ego and money came together. Although Tesla later met the entrepreneur George Westinghouse, who had deployed an alternating current electrical network in Massachusetts, there was still a key piece missing for the puzzle in which alternating current would be able to impose itself uncontestably.
That piece was the induction motor, which Tesla himself had already invented. For his patents, Westinghouse offered him $5,000 in cash, another $55,000 in stock, and $2.5 for each horsepower generated in the electricity sold. This deal, in part because of the rapid and extremely large scale of power distribution, did not come to fruition. It would have been unfeasible. And had it prospered, Tesla would have become perhaps one of the richest people in the world.
Who was nikola tesla
Nikola Tesla was robbed of the light and so many other inventions, but they could not take away from him a recognition that comes late, but it comes late. Like many other geniuses in history, Tesla was eccentric, manic and solitary. Would you like to know more about this peculiar inventor? Here are some curiosities.
If sex hinders scientific activity, Tesla took it very seriously. He decided to lead a life of chastity in order to devote himself to his inventions. Despite this, women fell at his feet because of his brilliance and fame. The genius of light came to question at the end of his life whether he sacrificed too much for his complete dedication to science and his renunciation of love.
He shared his life with no woman, but developed a peculiar affection for pigeons. He fed them, tracked down sick ones and brought them to his hotel suite to cure them. He became obsessed with one of them, claiming that it “gave him reasons to live.”
Tesla despised jewelry, never owning any, seeing it as a burden rather than an item of value. He could not stand pearls in particular, so much so that he refused to speak to women who wore them. This aversion spread to such an extent that he began to hate round objects in general.
Nikola tesla sons
Nikola Tesla’Signed: Nikola Tesla’ is the third book published by Turner about the figure of the scientist, the complement to ‘Me and energy’ and ‘The genius who was robbed of his light’. The editor, Miguel Angel Delgado, has compiled a selection of articles and letters written by Tesla, arranged chronologically. The edition also offers a vision of the contemporary characters of the inventor of alternating current, such as J. P. Morgan or Mark Twain.
Below you can read a letter from Tesla to the American Red Cross, an advertisement, an article published in the magazine ‘Electrical World’ and his speech delivered at the presentation of the Edison Medal, which was awarded to him in 1916.
I have observed electrical actions that seemed inexplicable. Although they were faint and vague, they gave me the deep conviction and presentiment that, on this globe, before long all human beings will raise as one our eyes to the firmament, with feelings of love and reverence, thrilled by the magnificent news: “Brothers! We have received a message from another world, unknown and remote. It says: one… two… three”.
Because of that passion he keeps engraved in his memory some of the most important things for a player, such as his first sneakers. I wore them for a long, long time. They were Adidas shoes that my parents still have. I also remember the first ones I had at Real Madrid, which I gave to a friend of mine, Antonio Losada, when he was a cadet and he still has them in his room. They are signed by me, he says now with satisfaction.
Despite the difficulties, Nikola almost never missed his appointment. Now he smiles as he recalls one of the few times he lied to his parents and coach to get out of training, a prank that made him think, despite his young age, that he had to be more serious: “It was so I could go on a week-long excursion. At home I said I had no training. But in the end Jadran called my parents and they found me out. He told my parents that he trusted me, but that I had to be consistent. And I never missed again.
Comparison demands responsibility. But the Spanish-Montenegrin has always been committed to basketball, something he made clear from the beginning with his contributions to the team. A circumstance that surprised even those closest to him: “I remember my first game with the Joker. I scored more than 20 points and it was a surprise for everyone. My family came to see me and were amazed at how I had improved in such a short time. The truth is that I started to take basketball a little more seriously.