To celebrate Nikola Tesla’s life and work, we’re kicking off Tesla week here on our webpage, where we’ll publish a few articles about the famous inventor and scientist.
Nikola Tesla was born on this day, 158 years ago. Here he is inspecting some mikromedia boards he took from the display cases in our building’s main hall. His whiskers bending into a slight smile. (In reality the photo is from his West 40th Street office in 1916.)
After being somewhat left out from the history books, the man is making a huge comeback in recent years. As he should. To list all of his contributions to humanity would mean a lot of scrolling down this page for you, so we won’t even go there.
Instead, let’s gleam into Tesla’s creative process and have a look at how he went about conjuring all those inventions and patents. To inspire you with your own inventions, here’s an excerpt from an interview with Tesla from American Magazine in 1921:
Here in brief, is my own method: After experiencing a desire to invent a particular thing, I may go on for months or years with the idea in the back of my head. Whenever I feel like it, I roam around in my imagination and think about the problem without any deliberate concentration. This is a period of incubation.Then follows the period of direct effort. I choose carefully the possible solutions to the problem I am considering, and gradually center my mind on a narrowed field of investigation. Now, when I deliberately think of the problem in its specific features, I may begin to feel that I am going to get the solution. And the wonderful thing is that if I do feel this way, then I know I have really solved the problem and shall get what I am after.
See, we keep a poster of Tesla in our building to remind us to nurture that “desire to invent a particular thing”. Not to hesitate to think big and to get what we’re after. And so should you.