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The Oatmeal: Nikola Tesla

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  1. AndyM

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    I do find it a bit ironic, though, that DC SuperCharging of one's Tesla is the gold standard.
     
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    There's a cult around Nikola Tesla, and I strongly suspect that he deserves credit for about half of what his cult following claims. He was a genius and also a crackpot. He made some discoveries that changed the world, including alternating current. He also made some claims that are just wacko. He's a fascinating man, but not the god some of his boosters would have us believe.

    I think it was cool and appropriate to name an electric car company after him. But the name, and the man, had nothing to do with my buying my Tesla Roadster, though I was aware of the man long before the company existed. (He was a cult figure even then.) It was the amazingness of the car itself that prompted me to buy it, made possible by the vision of the founders and the brilliance and hard work of the engineers. (And, I gather, some technology leased from AC Propulsion.)
     
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    Well ....crap it is a long comic and took me a while to read...:wink:
     
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    Some of that stuff seems too good to be true but Tesla was an interesting guy. Also being discussed here:
    The Oatmeal: Nikola Tesla
     
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    I believe it is mostly true. Tesla was a very interesting character and we all owe him for his forward thinking. If you want to read a gpod book on the man get Tesla a man out of time. For an engineer it was a great read.
     
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    Good article. Too many people regard Tesla as a superman. He was not. He was a brilliant man. But as the article says, it's a great mistake to attribute all good things to Tesla alone while demonizing Edison and brushing aside the many other brilliant women and men, upon whose work Tesla built, and who improved on Tesla's work, and some few of whom were more brilliant.

    Tesla was remarkable for combining great brilliance with some colossal crackpottery. He was flashy. He was wonderful. He was a great choice for the name of an innovative car company. But he was not a god, and the present idolatry of him is unwarranted.
     
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    The cartoon said that Tesla died a virgin. The same is supposedly true of Isaac Newton. I'm glad that I'm not a super genius! :biggrin:
     
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    Newton had an excuse. All the mercury that he played around with poisoned him.
     
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    Nicely ripped apart!
     
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    Very interesting. I still think that Tesla was a genius who did incredible things, but who does not deserve the cult worship he gets in some circles. Edison was a businessman, with all that implies. He changed the world. He was not a nice man.

    And "Tesla" is a great name for a company dedicated to building electric cars.
     
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    #20 vfx, Jun 7, 2012
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    fixed per TEG
     

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