In advance of Nikola Tesla day on July 10, The Oatmeal has created a tribute to the many, many ways in which Tesla was great and Thomas Edison was a douchebag.
I’m not a Tesla expert, so in addition to Tesla’s wikipedia page, I’ll simply refer you to two other fairly recent and probably inadequate tributes to quite possibly the most brilliant man to ever live in the United States.
First, David Bowie’s performance as Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film, The Prestige. In fairness, Nolan’s depiction of Tesla and his marginalization is based on the deeply faulty (and, in all honesty, nonsensical) premise that “the truly extraordinary is not permitted in science and industry,” but there is a way in which only a film about magic can really capture the way in which Tesla’s work seems to border on the supernatural, even today.
The second tribute is from Kate Beaton’s Hark, A Vagrant comic.
The Oatmeal touches (mmmm. . .) on Tesla’s desirability as well.
Seriously, look at that confident smirk. Somebody get me some bloomers so I can throw them into his machinery.
So, in short, Tesla = awesomeness. In fact, we might just need to invent a new word to fully encompass his magnificence. It’s the least we can do. (Suggestions welcomed in the comments.)