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The Oatmeal Begins a Fundraiser for a Nikola Tesla Museum 134

Quince alPillan writes "The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman is once again collecting money for a good cause. This time, he's collecting money for the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe to purchase the original location of the Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham, New York so that it can be rebuilt into a Tesla Museum. The fundraiser, titled Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum has already started."
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The Oatmeal Begins a Fundraiser for a Nikola Tesla Museum

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  • by crgrace ( 220738 ) on Wednesday August 15, 2012 @08:45PM (#41004281)

    Langushing? Come on. He was played by David Bowie in a movie, and the coolest car company around is named Telsa.

    Tesla has a lot more name recognition in the general public (and certainly among technical people) than scientists such as Shannon, Nyquist, and von Neumann who arguably did at least as much to usher in the modern world than Tesla.

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday August 15, 2012 @09:08PM (#41004531)

    if so, why would he say "Goddamned Museum"? That sounds like his shtick.

    That's how he thinks. And why would he NOT say that if he's really irked at how Telsa has been treated or forgotten over the years?

  • It's about time (Score:5, Insightful)

    by GuNgA-DiN ( 17556 ) on Wednesday August 15, 2012 @10:13PM (#41005177)

    A lot of people make fun of the Tesla vs. Edison thing but, think about it: this man invented the modern world and nobody knows (or cares). I went through elementary, middle, and high school in America. Then, I went to college. I never once learned about Nikola Tesla. I didn't find out who he was until I was in my mid twenties. I read a biography about him and was blown away. This guy helped to create everything that I used on a daily basis and I had no idea who he was. It was sad really.

    It's about time that the geeks and scientists of the world step up and pay this man some respect. He DESERVES a museum in his honor in the USA. He deserves a place in the science curriculum. Children of today deserve to learn the truth about Tesla and all the ideas that he gave us. I just chipped in and I'm going to help to spread the word. It's time to give Telsa the recognition he deserves.

  • Re:Westinghouse (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 15, 2012 @10:45PM (#41005485)

    Tesla was not only fucked by Westinghouse, but many others. The PR campaign by Edison is the worst, but JP Morgan pulling his project money since JP could not restrict access to make lots more money, and of course Westinghouse robbing him of personal wealth.

    Greed has screwed us all, and continues to do so today.

    Except greed is why Westinghouse, Edison and JP Morgan had any money to invest in Tesla to begin with.

    Without greed W, E and JP would have been subsistence farmers and Tesla would have been that crazy old man in the shack in the woods everyone stayed away from.

  • Re:So... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cffrost ( 885375 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @12:33AM (#41006307) Homepage

    I wish there were some way to mod you "Funny, but Mostly Sad".

    That's one of the uses for Insightful.

  • by MagusSlurpy ( 592575 ) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @02:37AM (#41007095) Homepage

    The fact that he is good at marketing his work doesn't invalidate the quality of his work.

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