This Interview From 1899 With Nikola Tesla Reveals His Extraordinary Personality

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Nikola Tesla is among some of the most famous and influential minds of all time. In this and the previous generation,a cult following has developed. People love his ideas, manner, character and philosophy of science.

Following Vedic philosophies, this celibate, vegan had big dreams for America, though he was rightly hesitant to hand the public access to great power and understandings.

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There was an interview between Tesla and John Smith, a magazine journalist. The interview took place in 1899. If you are a fan of Tesla, or just curious about the man behind the legend, this is a great place to start.

Tesla pulls no punches in his criticism of Edison’s science and corporate mindset. He talks about how the theory of relativity is incorrect and space isn’t really a vacuum.

This interview touches on just about every aspect of what made Tesla an original mind and missed voice.

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At the time of this interview, a lot of the subject matter would have gone right over most people’s heads (sadly it still might).

The public saw Tesla as a madman, and if this article had been published, that opinion wouldn’t have wavered.

Below I’ve pulled some of my favorite quotes. I encourage anyone with five spare minutes read the full interview. If you don’t have five minutes, then this perception tells me you need to read it more than the other guy!

“I wanted to illuminate the whole earth. There is enough electricity to become a second sun. Light would appear around the equator, as a ring around Saturn.