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Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived

Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived
Additional notes from the author: If you want to learn more about Tesla, I highly recommend reading Tesla: Man Out of Time Also, this Badass of the week by Ben Thompson is what originally inspired me to write a comic about Tesla. Ben's also got a book out which is packed full of awesome. There's an old movie from the 80s on Netflix Instant Queue right now about Tesla: The Secret of Nikola Tesla. It's corny and full of bad acting, but it paints a fairly accurate depiction of his life. The drunk history of Tesla is quite awesome, too. History.com has a great article about Edison and how his douchebaggery had a chokehold on American cinema.

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This is a non-fiction argumentative article on Nikola Tesla. Tesla was a 'geek' who created,found,and invented many great things but did not get recognition for it. It argues that Tesla is compared to Thomas Edison and stating that Tesla created the lightbulb rather than Edison. Tesla helped to invent alternating currents which drove the idea of the lightbulb. With help from 22 other men, Edison took credit for the invention rather then Tesla. This is a very comical non fiction piece that goes on to explain all the ideas that Tesla had and how he was a genius. It also explains how other scientists took credit for Tesla's ideas so he is not as well known. It is argued that he is one of the greatest scientists while using real facts found in history. It is a different approach at a non fiction article. by bridgets_sstories Apr 8

This article is an argumentative article on Nikola Telsa. The argument is on how he was the better scientist of his time, versus Thomas Edison. The argument is made using Telsa's inventions and findings in the scientific field. Most of the piece is an argument going between Edison and Telsa's contribution to science, and the later half applauds Tesla for his extraordinary work. While the text is very opinionated, it still uses actual facts making it a non-fiction piece. by hailey_g Apr 8

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