Exploring New Areas of Science
Nikola Tesla was an EXPLORER in the sense that he explored ideas and futuristic areas of science that no other inventor had. He EXPLORED new inventions in his head before building them. Tesla was an EXPLORER ahead of his time, but he rarely was able to commercialize his inventions.
" Tesla believed that the inventor was an explorer not a farmer. Explorers open trails to new lands and they don't bother themselves with the daily grind of growing crops"
— Host Bob Symes on the TV show from BBC 2,
Horizon: The Mysterious Mr. Tesla, Dec. 20 1982.
Quote from the video on the left.
"Tesla was an inventor, but he was much more than a producer of new devices: he was a discoverer of new principles, opening many new empires of knowledge which even today have been only partly explored. In a single mighty burst of invention he created the world of today."
—John J. O'Neill in his book, Prodigal Genius: The life of Nikola Tesla. 1944
"Tesla went beyond the borders of his exact science to foretell what lies in the future ... a modern Prometheus who dared reach for the stars."
—Lambert von Ing. Binder, 1952,
in his speech "Mankind and Destiny."
quoted in Margaret Cheney's
Tesla: Man Out of Time book
" There seems to be no end to Tesla's accomplishments. He is credited in hindsight for perfecting neon and fluorescent lighting, for the earliest work in wireless power transmission, for taking the world's first x-ray photographs, and for proposing the basic principles of radar technology two decades before its 'official' invention."
— Margaret Cheney, in her book
Man Out of Time. 1981
" It was Nikola Tesla, not Marconi, who invented the first radio; it was Tesla, not Edison, who devised the system of electric power distribution now used throughout the world."
— William J. Broad, New York Times, 1984,