In 1884, a poor Serbian immigrant named Nikola Tesla arrived in the United States — at that time the land of the free. Though he was poor in this world’s goods, he was rich in ideas that would eventually light up the United States and the entire world. Wise men still come from the East because this Serb superman was Greek Orthodox and his father was a clergyman.While walking in Budapest Park, Hungary, Nikola Tesla had seen a vision of a functioning alternating current (AC) electric induction motor. This was one of the most revolutionary inventions in the entire history of the world. Before coming to the U.S., Tesla worked for about a year for the French branch of the Edison Electric Light Co. The Edison Company was totally locked into DIRECT CURRENT (DC) and wanted nothing to do with Tesla’s AC current.

Who do we have to thank for this invention that ushered humanity into a second industrial revolution? Answer is simple : Nikola Tesla.  “But I thought Thomas Edison was the father of the electric age!” — everyone. Nope. It was Tesla.

When most people think of Thomas Edison, they think of the man who invented the light bulb. Edison did not invent the light bulb, he improved up the ideas of 22 other men who pioneered the light bulb before him. Edison simply figured out how to sell the light bulb. Tesla actually worked for Edison early in his career. Edison offered to pay him the modern equivalent of a million dollars to fix the problems he was having with his DC generators and motors.

Tesla created the modern era — he was unquestionably one of the world’s greatest geniuses, but he leaves no offspring, no legatees of his brilliant mind, who might aid in administering that world, said Margaret Cheney, In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth century’s greatest scientists and inventors. —  he created fortunes for multitudes of others but himself died penniless, spurning wealth that might be gained from his discoveries. Even as he walked among the teeming millions of New York he became a fabled individual who seemed to belong to the far — distant future or to have come to us from the mystical realm of the gods, for he seemed to be an admixture of a Jupiter or a Thor who hurled the shafts of lightning —  an Ajax who defied the Jovian bolts — a Prometheus who transmuted energy into electricity to spread over the earth — an Aurora who would light the skies as a terrestrial electric lamp —  a Mazda who created a sun in a tube — a Hercules who shook the earth with his mechanical vibrators — a Mercury who bridged the ambient realms of space with his wireless waves — and a Hermes who gave birth to an electrical soul in the earth that set it pulsating from pole to pole.

But, let’s take a look at what Nikola Tesla — a man who died broke and alone — has actually given to the world.  For better or worse, with credit or without, he changed the face of the planet in ways that perhaps no man ever has.  Alternating current — This is where it all began, and what ultimately caused such a stir at the 1893 World’s Expo in Chicago.  A war was leveled ever-after between the vision of Edison and the vision of Tesla for how electricity would be produced and distributed. Beside that, there is a  Light — Of course he didn’t invent light itself, but he did invent how light can be harnessed and distributed.  Tesla developed and used florescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, Tesla took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists names, in effect creating the first neon signs. Next one is Radio — Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to be the inventor of radio to this day.  However, the Supreme Court overturned Marconi’s patent in 1943, when it was proven that Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi.  Radio signals are just another frequency that needs a transmitter and receiver, which Tesla also demonstrated in 1893 during a presentation before The National Electric Light Association. Laser — Tesla’s invention of the laser may be one of the best examples of the good and evil bound up together within the mind of man.  Lasers have transformed surgical applications in an undeniably beneficial way, and they have given rise to much of our current digital media. Wireless Communications and Limitless Free Energy  — These two are inextricably linked, as they were the last straw for the power elite — what good is energy if it can’t be metered and controlled?  Free?  Never. J.P. Morgan — was an American financier, banker, philanthropist and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time — he backed Tesla with $150,000 to build a tower that would use the natural frequencies of our universe to transmit data, including a wide range of information communicated through images, voice messages, and text.  This represented the world’s first wireless communications, but it also meant that aside from the cost of the tower itself, the universe was filled with free energy that could be utilized to form a world wide web connecting all people in all places.

Tesla not only discovered the rotating magnetic field — the basis of most alternating — current machinery — but also introduced us to the fundamentals of robotics, computers, and missile science, said Margaret Cheney. Almost supernaturally gifted, unfailingly flamboyant and neurotic, Tesla was troubled by an array of compulsions and phobias and was fond of extravagant, visionary experimentations. He was also a popular man-about-town, admired by men as diverse as Mark Twain and George Westinghouse, and adored by scores of society beauties.