i have had fleeting interest in Nikola Tesla over the last five years, not totally sure why.
Most recently I have thought of him because of one of my favourite shows- Warehouse 13- if you like scifi, and can get past some not so great moments- it is a good show- have enjoyed it a lot, especially the second season.
On the show all the Warehouse agents carry Teslas- these weapons- they stun and erase memory (handy).
The Tesla in action (up against some other kind of electric looking artefact), with the very beautiful Joanne Kelly, and sometimes annoying character, Myka.
I am easily distracted by beautiful women. Anyway Nikola Tesla. An interesting character.
Tesla was born on the 10th of July, 1856 (star sign cancer), and died on the 7th January, 1943 (aged 87) . He was born in Smiljan, Croatia and moved to the United States in 1884- to New York . There is, obviously, a lot to his life, there are just some aspects I have gotten really interested in.
What gets my attention is how he was in the world. I think he was a bit of a mad hatter.
There is a lot about Tesla in popular culture, you can find out more about him here at the Oatmeal…
or here at Forbes…
He had all sorts of conflicts with people over his inventions, personality play galore was happing, he has legend, stories to tell. So with the caveat that I have only limited knowledge- if any one could recommend a book about him? I am just airing some conjectures about him as a person engaging with the world- and of course I cannot know that of him- just think about it, as I do.
He had magical thinking happening. Genius perhaps.
Tesla had a memory that would take visual mind pictures of everything, and retain them in the album of his complex-thinking mind. Then he’d do brilliant things with that knowledge- weave ideas together in new ways- the mother of invention.
I don’t think he fit so easily in his culture, with his contemporaries, well at the very least he found it hard sometimes.
He was an introvert through and through, still capable of enjoying social company (he was in fact considered charming and humble socially) and in need of time alone to re-charge, think, create. As many introverts do. I love time alone, and as an introvert am still learning to take my space in the world by having the social time that suits me, and the alone time I need- feels good.
The relationship he had with Thomas Edison was a classic introvert/extrovert fit and conflict– more on this one day soon.
Also more on his eugenics views in an upcoming blog- not so much his ideas about eugenics, but the environment they developed in. Just to be clear I am all anti-eugenics, as I am racism, homophobia, sexism etc etc- I am interested in the social- how did these view/ideas/actions develop?
In other words, how are we influenced to think about things?