Season 29 Episode 7 | 53m 11s
Nikola Tesla's technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century. Although eclipsed in fame by Edison and Marconi, it was Tesla's vision that paved the way for today's wireless world. His fertile but undisciplined imagination was the source of his genius but also his downfall, as the image of Tesla as a “mad scientist” came to overshadow his reputation as a brilliant innovator.
Expired: 10/17/19Video has closed captioning.
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Meet the genius engineer and inventor whose technology helped create our wireless world.
Executive Producer Mark Samels previews our fall lineup.
The first chapter from “Tesla” premiering October 18 at 9/8c on American Experience PBS.
George Westinghouse set his sights on the future. Premieres 10/18 on PBS.
Tesla's original contract with George Westinghouse. Premieres 10/18 on PBS.
Nikola Tesla develops wireless electricity he called "cold light". Premieres 10/18 on PBS.
Tesla created Tesla coil to make his wireless inventions work. Premieres 10/18 on PBS.
160,000 light bulbs lit the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Premieres 10/18 on PBS.
Tesla's alternating current transformed life in the 20th century. Premieres 10/18 on PBS.
Nikola Tesla pioneered Wireless power 100 years ago.
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