January 1, 2017

Sina-cism: When Nikola Tesla didn’t come to Worcester

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“In hopes of tracking down evidence of Tesla’s Worcester visit, I scoured microfilm for September 1931. I read about a great many horrific car crashes, some sensational murders, and the Worcester County agricultural fair section.”
Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

I recently read Marc J. Seifer’s disjointed and suspect “Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Telsa, Biography of a Genius.”

Through more than 400 pages of Seifer’s speculations and demonstrably shoddy research, I sought to better understand one of the most inventive and imaginative minds of the last century. Alas, I learned very little about alternating current, Tesla coils, or exactly what the Serbian-born genius contributed to science.

Then, on page 419, I found a potential Worcester connection. If nothing else, Tesla could take his place in Central Massachusetts history!

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