Forget what you learned in history class and consider this: what innovation brought us literally out of the darkness, and then began a long line of incredible follow-up inventions?

Did you realize it has something to do with what’s going on in this photo?:

Image: Tesla Coil

Source: 4HV

The answer might surprise you: the light bulb.

Yes…by the end of today’s article, you’ll know how that photo relates to the common light bulb.

Just think about it though: the light bulb facilitated our ability to move, in the late 1800’s, from an agricultural society to an indoor, manufacturing based society, and we have Nikola Tesla’s light bulb to thank for it, or was his invention stolen by Thomas Edison? We’ll let the historians sort that out, but either way, suddenly work didn’t have to be done by possibly dangerous candlelight or gas lamps. And of course winter meant very short days and longer, work-free nights, so there was a limit to what was possible in the way of productivity.

So why is it that more people don’t know the name Nikola Tesla? In fact, those who do know the name generally fall into one of two camps: people who know something about the now famous automobile company that is his namesake or they know him as the inventor of the impressive Tesla Coil, used to entertain and illuminate the world of science.

That’s where our opening photo came from. It’s the famous Tesla Coil experiment!

Not sure what the Tesla Coil is? Here, take a look:

Via: SciShow 1

Who is Tesla?

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American engineer and physicist born in 1856 (to 1943), who made dozens of breakthrough inventions in the field of production, transmission, and application of electricity. While the light bulb is one of his crowning achievements in his early life, he’s actually better known in the engineering world for inventing the first alternating current (AC) motor, AC generators, and AC transmission technology.

Where would we be without him?

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda


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Notes:

  1. “Nikola Tesla: Great Minds.” YouTube. SciShow, 7 Oct. 2012. Web. 3 May 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=pPnGvjmIgZA>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.