Join historian Cathy Polovina as she follows her curiosity and explores "Old Weird America," to look a bit closer at a variety of adventurous, innovative, and unusual characters throughout American history.
Nikola Tesla, the Spark of Genius
Join us as we uncover the hidden world of the most well-known underrated genius of all time, Nikola Tesla. Despite his ultimate triumph over Thomas Edison in their infamous feud over AC versus DC electrical power, Tesla gave up a fortune in royalties to help save the company that bought and used his patents to electrify the world. (I didn’t say he was a financial genius.) Although many of his ideas were disregarded in his lifetime, Tesla had a hand in developing modern technology from radio to wireless technology, including radar, transistors, and the use of x-rays. An eccentric loner, Tesla understood that, “the present is theirs, the future, for which I really work, is mine.”
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