Happy Birthday Tesla!

Today is Nicolai Tesla’s birthday.
What a visual learner! Tesla was so visual that he could literally build, test, and experiment new machinery in his mind. By the time he was through with visually working in his mind, the machine was done.

“Before I put a sketch on paper, the whole idea is worked out mentally. In my mind I change the construction, make improvements, and even operate the device. Without ever having drawn a sketch I can give the measurements of all parts to workmen, and when completed all these parts will fit, just as certainly as though I had made the actual drawings. It is immaterial to me whether I run my machine in my mind or test it in my shop. The inventions I have conceived in this way have always worked. In thirty years there has not been a single exception. My first electric motor, the vacuum wireless light, my turbine engine and many other devices have all been developed in exactly this way.” – Nicolai Tesla

Tesla was born right after the industrial revolution. It was a time when the world was becoming fascinated with science, mechanics, and electricity. This was a fertile time in society for minds like Edison, Tesla, and Henry Ford. Recently, I heard an excerpt from an informational advertisement that claimed “if you think differently, you might have dyslexia.” Oh, how times have changed! Imagine Tesla in a special education class!

When we wonder where the innovation has gone, we need look no further than an educational system that is deep in testing but that offers little opportunity for the development of creative thinkers.

“I don’t care that they stole my idea…I care that they don’t have any of their own” Tesla.

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