Before immigrating to America, Nikola Tesla studied at the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria and at the University of Prague. He then went on to be an electrical engineer with a telephone company in Budapest.
A Walk in the Park–a Drawing in the Dirt
One day, while in Budapest, Tesla and a companion were strolling through the park just as the sun was setting. Tesla began thinking on a passage in Goethe’s, Faust, about the setting sun being a sort of death, yet somewhere beyond the horizon the sun was rising and giving birth. Suddenly, Nikola Tesla was thunderstruck with an idea.
Grabbing a stick, he bent down and quickly drew the concept of his revelation in the sand. He envisioned a rotating magnetic field. And that simple concept in the dirt would eventually become the basis of alternating current.
Here is how his idea played out:
This revelation in the dirt would end up changing the world. Tesla was only 26 at the time.
I refer to this moment in my novel Stealing Tesla, even thought the novel is set 60 years later.
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