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heyeric
07-10-2009, 08:32 AM
One hundred and fifteen years ago, Nikola Tesla was born in the small village of Smiljan, Vojna Krajina, in mondern-day Croatia. Beside the eponymous Tesla coil, Tesla is known for his contributions to the field of science, especially regarding electricity and electromagnetism.

In regards to the oft-cited Edison, Tesla had this to say:

If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search… I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor. –New York Times (19 October 1931)

While Tesla passed away in 1943, penniless, his legacy is lasting. He laid the groundwork for many modern branches of science and technology, including robotics, ballistics, remote control, radar, nuclear physics, and and theoretical physics.

He was also obsessed with pigeons.

http://www.nndb.com/people/334/000022268/tesla64.jpg


THANKS TO THIS MAN FOR INVENTING THIS THING. Now its enjoyed by thousands every year at coachella.

http://boingboing.net/images/475390924_877b3ff8d8_m.jpg

marooko
07-10-2009, 08:37 AM
no mention of his awesome hairdo?

heyeric
07-10-2009, 08:38 AM
His hair and stache are pretty rad.

marooko
07-10-2009, 08:40 AM
I was deathly afraid of that thing as a kid. damn him for scaring me for a few years. but i take it back now, cause that thing is awesome.


http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/7192/goosla.jpg

MissingPerson
07-10-2009, 08:47 AM
More importantly, he helped me kick everyone's ass in Command & Conquer, and he was the first recorded incarnation of David Bowie.