20 People Who Changed Tech: Marconi And Tesla
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/17/2015 | 11:43:24 PM
A lot of errors
I hope you don't write this poorly on subjects that matter. About every other fact in your article is wrong

By the time of the 1909 Nobel Prize, the War of the Currents had been over 15 years.  Topsy the elephant's 1903 electrocution had nothing to do with Edison, that is a myth

Marconi was a typical Gilded Age robber baron. He illegally appropriated Branly's coherer and the intellectual property of Oliver Lodge, and John Stone as well as Tesla, then used his deep pockets to stall the legal process for 43 years (reminds you of 21st century IT robber barons, dontit?)

The 1943 Supreme Court decision didn't "award" Marconi's patent rights to Tesla, it just restored the status quo ante.  Tesla would still have had to fight Oliver Lodge, and John Stone Stone for the rights to the "Tesla coil" wireless circuit.  If the Supreme Court favored any side, it was John Stone Stone

Tesla was not "ultimately a scientist", he was an engineer, inventor, and self-promoter. He was a genius at applying existing science, but his sad 19th century "scientific" theories, "Earth Resonance", "Dynamic Gravity", etc, were all wrong because he did not check them by experiments. That was his downfall.  His greatest project, the Wardenclyffe "wireless power" station, failed because he didn't bother to do the research that would have shown that his notions of wireless transmission were wrong and the standard electromagnetic theory of Hertz, Maxwell and Heaviside was right.

J P Morgan didn't pull out of Tesla's Wardenclyffe project because he was against "free energy" but because Tesla had deceived him and broken his contract.  Morgan had invested in a transatlantic wireless radio station, he wasn't interested in Tesla's unproven wireless power ideas.  Tesla decided to turn it into a "wireless power" station behind his back, as revealed clearly in their correspondence.

Neon lights were invented by Heinlich Geissler and Georges Claude. There is no evidence Tesla experimented with x-rays before Rontgen.

There are legions of people on the web who write excellent technical articles - for free.  I would expect someone who actually gets paid for it to do some elementary fact checking.  I wouldn't trust Mr. Anderson to tell me the time of day. And the caliber of his writing doesn't make me eager to read anything else on InformationWeek.
User Rank: Ninja
4/15/2013 | 7:46:30 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Marconi And Tesla
Actually, Edison electrocuted a human being, an inmate on death row. It was poorly implemented and they cooked the guy for over 4 minutes. Edison said it was the worst day of his professional career and his biggest regret. Just an FYI. (See Dark Matters on the Science Channel for the details).

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