Thomas Alva Edison was declared the most important man of the century according to Time magazine. He graced the world with his incandescent bulb, powered by a rapidly growing electrical movement of which he was a major leader. What most people do not understand is the fact that if the Wizard had his way, there would be a power plant every several miles, scattered about the land like sprinkles on a cupcake. At the time, direct current was the only choice, inhibiting as it was. Then, thanks to a man names Nikola Tesla, an alternating current motor was invented, allowing much more efficient electricity travel. This is just one example of the impact Telsa has had on the modern world. The forgotten father of science, Tesla, is responsible for numerous complex inventions that have changed and will continue to change the modern world.
Tesla’s childhood was not what most would call ordinary. He was faced with several near death experiences ranging from getting maimed by feral boars, almost falling into a boiling vat of milk, diving off a two-story building’s roof, expecting the umbrella clinched in his fists to float him safely to the ground, and nearly being cremated alive.
Family life makes a great impact on its members futures, good of bad. Unfortunately, when Tesla was five his older brother died in a mysterious accident (of which some accuse Tesla). Causing Tesla a lack of self-confidence, this incident made him feel as if all his actions were inadequate compared to his late bothers.
It was about this time that Tesla began developing a vast array of phobias and obsessions. for example, women’s earrings, especially glittery or multifaceted ones, intrigued him greatly. If he was to drop little squares of paper into a liquid it would cause a terrible taste in his mouth. Where ever he went he counted his steps, and could not fully enjoy a meal unless he calculated the volume of every last morsel in sight. One of the more serious social phobias was his inability to touch other peoplells hair. These and other eccentricities can not be directly pinpointed as to when they started, but it was sometime near the death of his brother Daniel.
Before Daniel’s death he had often seen bright flashes that interfered with his vision. Tesla was afflicted by the same disorder. Apparently they were victims of violent photographic memories. This caused him trouble during childhood, but would prove invaluable later in life.
Tesla’s father was a reverend of a small clergy. To enhance the boys! mental capacity memory games. Tesla and his father would often play memory games. From the time of Tesla’s birth if was decided he would follow his father’s footsteps and join the clergy. Tesla did not share his father’s ideas about his future and let it be known. His father insisted though, until one day when it looked as if Tesla might die of a serious illness he had had for months. The sickly boy suggested that the idea of going to engineering school might help him recover. His father quickly enrolled him in the next semesters course and Tesla recovered within a week.
Tesla turned out to be every teachers nightmare, constantly correcting or instantly answering the instructoris questions. He studied twenty hours a day, was excelling greatly in school, and was enjoying himself, when all of the sudden his funds ran out. Tesla turned to gambling to help pay for school. He first tried his luck at cards, but wound up becoming deadly accurate with a pool cue. Tesla also took up drinking and smoking for a period of time to deal with stress.
It was at this time that Tesla began really concentrating on inventing an alternating current. He understood direct current and knew there must be a more efficient way to transport electricity. One day while he was walking through a park reciting Gothels Faust to himself, it suddenly struck him. He immediately found a twig and began scratching a picture on the sand; it was a diagram he would show investors six years later for the harnessing of Niagara Falls.