Nikola Tesla’s 80th Birthday: How the Man Who Invented the Future Made Our Lives Easier

  • By Petra Zivic
  • BBC World Service

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Nikola Tesla’s inventions made it possible to deliver this text to the device you are reading it on.

“I don’t just see Tesla as the father of electricity or global communication,” historian and filmmaker Michael Krause told the BBC. “He had ideas that were ahead of their time – he was a visionary who contributed to the evolution of humanity.”

But in the late 1890s, as Tesla walked across the stage at Columbia College in New York holding tubes of light in his hands to show off his newly invented oscillating transformer, the world was still largely in darkness.

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