I am reading a biography about him right now.
No mention of homosexuality, and this seems to be a pretty thoroughly researched book.
He believed in chastity... c'mon now.
Do rank-and-file DLers grasp how much the world --even as we know it today-- owe Nicola Tesla?
I know we have some smart folks on here, but I posit that the average American does not know who he is even though they have likely used one of his inventions every single day of their lives.
It is incredible that so much genius was bestowed on just one man.
R3 Blame Thomas Edison
The electric chair grew out of Thomas Edison's demonstrations on the "dangers" of alternating current.
Yes R5 - Edison frequently used dogs to demonstrate death by electrocution at county fairs. The electrocution of Topsy the elephant was the most famous of these displays.
In Tesla's era prostitutes (including women and men who were willing to be "kept" for the exclusive use of men who could afford it) were very easy to come by if you lived in a large urban area and there was no social stigma about using them so long as you were discreet about it. Using pros was actually seen as healthier than masturbation and more responsible than "corrupting" youngsters in your own social circle (note that Oscar Wilde only ran into trouble with his secret gay life when he took up with the Marquess of Queensberry's son.) If you happened to be into children or young men rather than young women, there were plenty of pimps who catered to those tastes too.
So circa 1880-1920, STDS were rampant, the poorer neighborhoods were overrun with whores and men generally didn't bother marrying unless they needed their wife's dowry or really wanted to have kids.
I should add that this applied to large urban areas like New York, London and Paris. In small towns and the countryside, obviously different rules applied as far as sexual mores because you didn't have the advantage of big city anonymity.
Massive pussy hound, famous for his legion of Tesla Girls.
Edison sent a letter to a humane society asking for dogs he could use for testing. They replied that they didn't think he quite understood the purpose of their society.
When Nicola Tesla died, the US government seized all his papers in his hotel room as a matter of national security.
To this day, there is great speculation that some of his papers will NEVER be declassified.
The man was scary-smart and a brilliant freethinker.
Tesla was an OCD queen - in this respect, he reminds me of another brilliantly fidgety homo, Gerard Manley Hopkins. I agree with R14 that Tesla was a genius - unfortunately, he really started to run off the rails the last decade or so of his life.
The most brilliant thing Tesla ever said:
"The human being is no exception to the natural order. Man, like the universe, is a machine. Nothing enters our minds or determines our actions which is not directly or indirectly a response to stimuli beating upon our sense organs from without. Owing to the similarity of our construction and the sameness of our environment, we respond in like manner to similar stimuli, and from the concordance of our reactions, understanding is born. In the course of ages, mechanisms of infinite complexity are developed, but what we call 'soul' or 'spirit,' is nothing more than the sum of the functionings of the body. When this functioning ceases, the 'soul' or the 'spirit' ceases likewise."
Mr. Tesla regards the emergence of woman as one of the most profound portents for the future.
"It is clear to any trained observer," he says, "and even to the sociologically untrained, that a new attitude toward sex discrimination has come over the world through the centuries, receiving an abrupt stimulus just before and after the World War.
"This struggle of the human female toward sex equality will end in a new sex order, with the female as superior. The modern woman, who anticipates in merely superficial phenomena the advancement of her sex, is but a surface symptom of something deeper and more potent fermenting in the bosom of the race.
"It is not in the shallow physical imitation of men that women will assert first their equality and later their superiority, but in the awakening of the intellect of women.
"Through countless generations, from the very beginning, the social subservience of women resulted naturally in the partial atrophy or at least the hereditary suspension of mental qualities which we now know the female sex to be endowed with no less than men.