Day 392: Street smarts

You know you've hit the big time when your face ends up on cold, hard cash.
Nikola Tesla, dude, you know you've hit the big time when your face ends up on cold, hard Serbian cash.

Today, I bought the latest issue of Outreach Connection — a newspaper that’s been “helping the homeless and the unemployed since 1991,” as it says on their front page.

My usual paperperson, Mr. Singh, was back on his busy corner and his face broke out in a smile of recognition as I approached him.

I’ve only spoken with him once since I saw him last summer, so it was a nice feeling being remembered.

We chatted for a bit about the weather (he, ever the optimist, predicts a sunny August) and once again he pointed out his picture and Notable Quotable on the front page.

“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.”
Nikola Tesla (1857-1943)

I found this one to be a bit of a head-scratcher. Can’t say as I’ve noticed more math and less science around town, but maybe I’m missing a deeper meaning. If you have any clues as to what Mr. Tesla’s griping about, please let me know.

Tesla tidbits
Okay, I just looked up Nikola Tesla and I can’t believe I’d never heard of the man. Move over Mr. Marconi, Tesla was credited by the U.S. Supreme Court with inventing radio! Hello, brilliant inventor alert….

Considered a mad-scientist genius, Tesla’s other scientific breakthroughs also include:

  • commercial electricity
  • robotics
  • remote control
  • radar
  • and, with partner Mr. Westinghouse, harnessing a little waterway called Niagara Falls for hydroelectric power

Sad thing is, he’s considered the “forgotten wizard” and died destitute in a New York hotel. Seems oddly appropriate the Outreach Connection featured one of his quotes….

P.S. This video about Tesla is longish, but fascinating. Enjoy!


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