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Teslaprodigal Genius

Teslaprodigal Genius

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 PRODIGAL GENIUS
 
The Life of Nikola Tesla
 
by John J. O'Neill (1944)
 
Table of Contents
First Part: LIGHT AND POWERSecond Part: FAME AND FORTUNEThird Part: INTERNAL VIBRATIONFourth Part: SELF-MADE SUPERMANFifth Part: AFTERGLOWACKNOWLEDGMENTSPARTIAL LIST OF TESLA U.S. PATENTS
 
First PartLIGHT AND POWER
ONE
"SPECTACULAR'' is a mild word for describing the strange experiment with life thatcomprises the story of Nikola Tesla, and "amazing'' fails to do adequate justice to theresults that burst from his experiences like an exploding rocket. It is the story of thedazzling scintillations of a superman who created a new world; it is a story that condemnswoman as an anchor of the flesh which retards the development of man and limits hisaccomplishment-and, paradoxically, proves that even the most successful life, if it doesnot include a woman, is a dismal failure.Even the gods of old, in the wildest imaginings of their worshipers, never undertook suchgigantic tasks of world-wide dimension as those which Tesla attempted andaccomplished. On the basis of his hopes, his dreams, and his achievements he rated thestatus of the Olympian gods, and the Greeks would have so enshrined him. Little is thewonder that so-called practical men, with their noses stuck in profit-and-loss statements,did not understand him and thought him strange.The light of human progress is not a dim glow that gradually becomes more luminouswith time. The panorama of human evolution is illumined by sudden bursts of dazzlingbrilliance in intellectual accomplishments that throw their beams far ahead to give us aglimpse of the distant future, that we may more correctly guide our wavering steps today.Tesla, by virtue of the amazing discoveries and inventions which he showered on theworld, becomes one of the most resplendent flashes that has ever brightened the scroll of human advancement.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 inadministering that world; he created fortunes for multitudes of others but himself diedpenniless, spurning wealth that might be gained from his discoveries. Even as he walkedamong the teeming millions of New York he became a fabled individual who seemed tobelong 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 intoelectricity to spread over the earth; an Aurora who would light the skies as a terrestrialelectric lamp; a Mazda who created a sun in a tube; a Hercules who shook the earth withhis mechanical vibrators; a Mercury who bridged the ambient realms of space with hiswireless waves-and a Hermes who gave birth to an electrical soul in the earth that set itpulsating from pole to pole.This spark of intellectual incandescence, in the form of a rare creative genius, shot like ameteor into the midst of human society in the latter decades of the past century; and helived almost until today. His name became synonymous with magic in the intellectual,

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