I too watched it last night. I did a research paper on Tesla, way back in highschool. An extremely facinating man indeed, if not more than a bit eccentric. Of course, many of the great minds in history are. I already knew most of what they covered about the man already. Still, it is nice to see him getsome of the more mainstream credit that he deserves. I personally think that it's a real shame, that everyone you talk to has heard about Edison and the lightbulb, yet when you mention the name Tesla, the same people tend to look at you with blank stares. Edison did come up with some great ideas, yet many of the inventions that he takes credit for, were those of the people that worked for him and not really his own.
I agree that Tesla was a genius. Here's a man that thought a century ahead of his time, laid the ground work for many, if not nearly all, of the modern technology that we count on daily, and foresaw and warned us about many of the energy related issues that have only come to the surface recently.
It's amazing that he's not considered a hero, and it's nice to see some recognition finally occur.
Amazingly enough, he also wrote that the world was crazy to be using fossil fuels. He explored renewable energy when a short sighted world was building a foundation based on oil and coal. Now we're paying the price for such arrogance in pollution and shortages and worldwide unrest. Just think if our grandfathers and great-grandfathers had listened to him like they should have. Just think what incredible advances we would have made in the right direction by now.
I wonder what geniuses we're ignoring right now, while we're paying athletes and movie stars multi-million dollar contracts to play games and make-believe for the cameras.
Ian, I agree about Edison. Here in Ft Myers he is a god but the biggest thing he invented was the intellectual property rights contract. He had lots of ideas but actually getting the hardware designed and built fell to his employees. Edison's genius was really in marketing. Unless you can actually produce and sell the product yourself, the invention is worthless. Someone will steal it from you.