Nikola Tesla Honored by Google
Nikola Tesla, inventor and pioneering electrical engineer, is being honored by Google on July 10, with a special logo to mark the 153rd anniversary of his birth.
The search engine is celebrating July 10 with a logo featuring purple sparks of electricity leaping from the letter “g”, which is drawn in the shape of his famous Tesla Coil transformer.
Google is lauding the Serb born scientist, who is best known for several revolutionary contributions in the field of electricity and magnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla’s patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current electric power (AC) systems, including the poly-phase power distribution systems and the AC motor.
If some of his work is technically challenging to understand, then think of Tesla every time you look at a microwave oven; again the radiation frequency of the microwave oven and the concept of the microwave oven was Tesla’s.
Some of his ideas were way out and quite grandiose. He once proposed that it might be possible to modify the weather, by using radio waves which is not possible – today. His major defect was that he was a far out dreamer, but he left very few calculations on paper.
Napoleon Hill, author of the classic Think And Grow Rich, became famous for his quote,”Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Tesla is an endlessly fascinating personality. Long before Hill, he seemed to think that anything people could conceive they would be able to achieve
Most recognize the name “Tesla” today as a revolutionary new electric sports car. Tesla Motors has received wide press and has just delivered their 500th roadster. The Roadster beats nearly every other car for acceleration yet is twice as energy efficient as a Toyota Prius. It costs roughly $4 to refuel and can be completely recharged in as little as 3.5 hours. The highly acclaimed Roadster is the first production battery electric vehicle to travel more than 200 miles per charge.
Receiving wide media coverage, Tesla Motors today is focused on their new Model S which, unlike the $100 thousand dollar plus roadster, is targeted to sell for less than $50,000. This approach has enabled them to qualify for $460 million dollars in low-interest loans from the US Department of Energy to accelerate the production of affordable, fuel-efficient electric vehicles.
Beginning today, Nikola Tesla is immortalized by two engines: A motor car company with an electric engine and the world’s largest search engine company. Quite fitting for a driven man.