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Adopted from "Tesla: man out of time", by Margaret Cheney, 1981.
- Were we to seize and eliminate from our industrial world
the results of Mr. Tesla's work, the wheels of industry
would cease to turn, our electric cars and trains would stop,
our towns would be dark, our mills would be dead and idle.
Yes, so far reaching is his work that it has become
the warp and woof of industry... His name marks an epoch
in the advance of electrical science. From that
work has sprung a revolution...
W.W. Rice Jr.
- From his work followed the great work of Röntgen, who
discovered the Röntgen rays, and all that work which
has been carried on throughout the world in following years
by J.J. Thomson and others, which has really led to the
conception of modern physics. His work... antedated that of
Marconi and formed the basis of wireless telegraphy... and so
on throughout all branches of science and engineering
we find... important evidence of what Tesla
- There are three aspects of Tesla's work which particularly
deserve our admiration: The importance of the achievements
in themselves, as judged by their practical bearing;
the logical clearness and purity of thought, with which
the arguments are pursued and new results obtained;
the vision and the inspiration, I should almost say
the courage, of seeing remote things far ahead
and so opening up new avenues to mankind.
- In almost every step of progress in electrical power
engineering, as well as in radio, we can trace the
spark of thought back to Nikola Tesla. There
are few indeed who in their lifetime see realization
of such a far-flung imagination.
- In reading Tesla's work one is constantly struck
by his many suggestions which have anticipated
later developments in the radio art.
- Prolific inventor, who solved the greatest problem in
electrical engineering of his time, and gave to
the world the polyphase motor and system of distribution,
revolutionizing the power art and founding its phenomenal
development. My contact as your assistant at the historic
Columbia University high frequency lecture and afterward
has left an indelible impression and inspiration which
has influenced my life.
- Fancy yourself seated in a large, well-lighted room, with
mountains of curious-looking machinery on all sides.
A tall, thin young man walks up to you, and by merely snapping
his fingers creates instantaneously a ball of leaping
red flame, and holds it calmly in his hands. As you
gaze you are surprised to see it does not burn his fingers.
He lets it fall upon his clothing, on his hair, into
your lap, and, finally, puts the ball of flame into a
wooden box. You are amazed to see that nowhere does
the flame leave the slightest trace, and you rub your
eyes to make sure you are not asleep.
Peter II Karadjordjevic (King of Yugoslavia)
- In his diaries (A King's Heritage), under date
July 8, 1942, the young Peter II writes: "I visited Dr. Nicola
Tesla, the world-famous Yugoslav-American scientist, in his
apartment in the Hotel New Yorker. After I had greeted him the
aged scientist said: `It is my greatest honor. I am glad you are
in your youth, and I am content that you will be a great ruler.
I believe I will live until you come back to a free Yugoslavia.
From your father you have received his last words:
`Guard Yugoslavia.' I am proud to be a Serbian and a Yugoslav.
Our people cannot perish. Preserve the unity of all
Yugoslavs - the Serbs, the Croats, and Slovenes.'"
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