Nikola Tesla was a rare genius who never received the recognition he deserved while alive. (He was overshadowed by his former boss and rival Thomas Edison). Tesla gave us neon and fluorescent lighting, electric motors, and robotics--just to name a few of his Promethean contributions to humanity. A prolific inventor, one can even call him the William Shakespeare of science.
To learn from this remarkable mind, take a moment to watch this fascinating video about Tesla's life and work. As we have written before on Big Think, one can never learn enough from Tesla.
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