The Truth About Nikola Tesla Is That There Are Two Versions Of Him

Because we live on the Internet and we’re supposed to love certain things like bacon and cats and net neutrality, we almost unanimously bow in adoration towards one Nikola Tesla. Anybody who thinks anything different is yelled at with all caps for being anti-science, anti-electricity and anti-life. But the truth is, the Tesla of the Internet’s memory is clearly different than the real Tesla. So much so that you can consider Tesla as two Teslas.

PBS’ always fantastic Idea Channel attempts to make that argument of there being two Nikola Teslas. One that actually existed and the other that’s been culturally created. It’s a commentary on history and what it (or we) chooses to remember but it also might make you dig a little deeper for the truth as opposed to accepting stories of the truth. [PBS Idea Channel]