You wouldn’t be reading any of this if not for the invention of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention – the worldwide web. Accessing the websites you know today traces its origins back to the British engineer’s invention!
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Imagine being in a room. A dark room. Candles can give you light but that light just isn’t enough in the dead of night. Thankfully, Thomas Edison did not give up even if it had taken him almost a hundred tries before he had perfected his invention of the light bulb back in 1879. Joseph Swan made a light bulb in 1860 but since it glowed only for just a few hours, Thomas Edison is the one credited for the invention of the light bulb as we know it.
There is no single man who can be truly credited for the discovery of electricity, but some of the names which would pop up in the list include Benjamin Franklin and his kite experiment, and Nikola Tesla who is often dubbed as the father of electricity because of his understandings of this force behind most of the everyday items which we use today. From home entertainment to the lights outside the road, electricity is behind it.
Traveling by ship was okay. But traveling by air has proved to be much better. To get to other foreign destinations faster, the best way today is by plane and we owe it to the Wright brothers who had invented it back in 1903 when they had successfully made the first sustained flight. Abbas Ibn Firnas back in the 9th century had made his own attempts but they weren’t able to last. Only the Wright brothers were able to give way to the birth of the modern winged aircraft.
The name of the inventor should surely ring a bell. Alexander Graham Bell thought of how to communicate even from afar by converting the human voice into electric signals. He was the proponent of long-distance communication, and his development of the telephone had been the forerunner of the communication convenience we all experience today.
Incandescent light bulbs existed before Thomas Edison, and when other inventors got wind of Edison's tinkerings, they roundly sued him for patent infringement.
So what did Edison actually do?
He discovered that a special species of bamboo had a higher resistance to electricity than carbonized paper, which means it could more efficiently produce light. Edison got rich off the bamboo, and from superior manufacturing and marketing of his product.
Like all great inventions, the light bulb can’t be credited to one inventor. It was a series of small improvements.
Tesla was the poster child for divergent thinking and refused to settle for generally accepted ideas. He wasn’t afraid to propose concepts that were way ahead of their time. Often, people weren’t ready for his inventions — and he didn’t care.
“Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments,” Tesla once said. “The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.”
Scientist, physicist, engineer, inventor, none of these words describe sufficiency the life of Nikola Tesla. Maybe genius only can minimally describe the life of this man. He had fascinating mental abilities which allowed him to elaborate in his mind complex electrical machines and build them without taking any notes.
Nikola Tesla was a visionary that changed the history of humanity with his inventions. Tesla's vision was always ahead of his contemporaries; he imagined already two centuries ago, a world where people could communicate with radio waves, illuminate cities without using wires.
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