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Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was one of the world’s most remarkable inventors. Born in Croatia to a Serbian family, Tesla emigrated to the United States, where he worked for Thomas Edison and sold patents to George Westinghouse. I’m going to do it. I’m going to quote Hamilton: The Musical here: “Immigrants. They get the job done.”  Tesla trained as an engineer and developed 700+ patents and theories for AC (alternating current) electricity, motors, radio, robotics, dynamos, radar, remote control, computer science, solar power, fluorescent light, lasers, X-rays… and the Tesla coil.




Experimints -

Quotable Notable greeting card (with sticker sheet of images and greetings if you’re more of a tinkerer than a writer) -

Magnetic Personality finger puppet -

Little Thinker doll -

Watch – with lighting bolt hands! -

Secular Saints Candle -



If you’d like to read Tesla’s work for yourself, here’s one of his articles from the June 1900 issue of Century Illustrated Magazine. Tesla believed in the power of wind power and solar power (scroll down past his ideas about burning nitrogen in the earth’s atmosphere):

Tesla inspires people today, including an electric car manufacturer named Tesla Motors:

The strength of magnetic fields can be measured units known as “teslas.” The symbol for a tesla is T.


Tesla and the Ladies

Though he was socially uncomfortable – and never married, himself – Mr. T had a high regard for women. Maria Popova discusses his views on her delightful site, Brain Pickings:


Tesla and Edison and The Oatmeal

Awhile back, The Oatmeal blog featured an impassioned piece called “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.” It made quite a stir on the Internet [swear word warning]:

Forbes magazine refuted the piece:

The Oatmeal responded with an annotated response:

The Oatmeal piece shows up every once in awhile and the Tesla v. Edison debates continue… 


Nikola Tesla and Drunk History 

If you’re not familiar with the phenomenon that is Drunk History, ask your nephew who wins all the science fairs or your next-door neighbor’s nerdy daughter who’s always building mysterious machines in their garage [drunk guy inappropriateness warning]: 

Become a fan on facebook: Watch the amazing story of Nikola Tesla (John C. Reilly); the father of Western Technology, who sailed to America to meet Thomas Edison (Crispin Glover) and work for him. Late one night Duncan Trussell had a six pack of beer and a bottle of absinthe and sat down to tell us about this historical event.


Now sober up and check out Nikola Tesla’s Patents

Why not build a handy Dynamo Electric Machine in your free time? If you’re interested – or retired or a speed-reader – you can study Nikola Tesla’s patents for yourself: