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|#5 - Comment deleted [+] (4 new replies)||11/28/2013 on Good Guy Tesla||-5|
#54 - endospore (11/29/2013) [-]
Wow, normally the internet is so good about doing outside research and not blindly following everything good about one of their mythical hero/prophets.
(Note: All from wikipedia - I'm willing to do research, but not THAT much research)
x-rays: German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen is usually credited as the discoverer of X-rays in 1895, because he was the first to systematically study them... [Tesla is listed as one of about a dozen 'early researchers.' Not even the first to observe x-rays.
Radar: The German inventor Christian Hülsmeyer was the first to use radio waves to detect "the presence of distant metallic objects" [1904. Tesla not even mentioned in this article.]
A/C current: The first alternator to produce alternating current was a dynamo electric generator based on Michael Faraday's principles constructed by the French instrument maker Hippolyte Pixii in 1832. [Tesla only expanded on existing ideas]
That's not to say Tesla wasn't brilliant and contributed a lot to society, but saying he invented any of these is akin to saying Bill Gates invented the computer. He was merely an influential person early on that widely expounded on their uses. Saying he invented or discovered any of these belittles the contributions of other scientists, relegating them all to the status you think Tesla had.
#91 - angelusprimus (11/29/2013) [-]
1: tesla started his experiments with x-rays about same time as Rontgen, using his own vacuum tube. When Rontgen published his work, Tesla congratulated him and sent him his own "shadow images" he had taken, which were of higher quality then what Rontgen was getting at the time. Its an example of convergent research.
2: Again, its not radar. its sonar. And reason why he isn't mentioned, is because his work was seized and govenrment refused to give him funds to build it.
3: AC current article on wikipedia is pathetic. It mentions Tesla as an afterthought.
Tesla "expanded" on existing ideas for ac current in same way Ford just expanded on existing ideas of a wheel when he made Model T. Except the leap between what existed before Tesla and what Tesla develped is technologically bigger then that from wheel to a car.
#59 - neurofuzzy (11/29/2013) [-]
"Wow, normally the internet is so good about doing outside research and not blindly following everything good about one of their mythical hero/prophets."
I laughed so hard I made myself sad.
I think Tesla fanpeople marginalize not only other scientists but themselves, too. Viewing scientists as "godlike geniuses" only helps to discourage people from solving problems. And some do it to the point where they think, "free wireless power was doable but history took a wrong turn or we don't have the genius of Tesla to implement it!" Which is of course crackpottery.
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