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Tesla will be rebroadcast on PBS in April 2004 (check local listings)

New Voyage Communications in Washington, D.C., has developed a unique, in-depth television documentary about the life, times, and legacy of Nikola Tesla, American inventor and visionary. This program is the result of years of research, in which many new and unknown details of of Tesla's life have been uncovered. The production contains a large and extremely rare collection of photographs documenting Tesla's life and his inventions. A companion book for the program has been published by Barnes and Noble Books, and is currently in bookstores across America.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) is probably the first cross-over scientist. He is known and respected in scientific and engineering circles, but he also appeals to a youthful and general audience with no formal background in science. Today there is considerable and growing interest in Tesla, but there is lacking a comprehensive and accurate picture of his life and accomplishments. A major documentary has never been made about him. Much of the available information has been highly speculative, not based on the historical documentary evidence. It was our objective to make an in-depth documentary that is both entertaining and scientifically and historically accurate. A great deal of the story is told in Tesla's own words, drawing from his autobiographical and scientific writings.

In particular, the documentary sets the record straight on Tesla's inventions and accomplishments. Tesla was a contemporary of Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi, and these two men are frequently credited for Tesla's invention of AC power transmission and radio. Our program demonstrates that this is not the case.

But this is not just a dry story about circuits and capacitors. Tesla's life is an inspiring example of the power of one man to battle against the odds and change the world with his revolutionary ideas.

With this documentary program we hope to give long overdue recognition to a great and misunderstood man of science. We believe that the strength of his story, and extensive research and rare visual materials, are the ingredients for an exciting, educational, and long-lasting documentary about The Master of Lightning, Nikola Tesla.

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