Tesla also thought he had caused an earthquake through stiumlating the earth at its natural frequency. The man was way too ahead of his time but he had his demons, one of which was his lack of business sense. He invented so much and yet died broke and alone, truely sad that a man who did so much ended up "looking" like a failure. Don't forget the AC vs DC fight he had with his employer Edision.. AC transmission of power (as we all know now) was the best way to go and the only way for long distance. It says alot about Edision's pride that he could not accept being wrong.
I helped a skorea businesswomen by internet, she had lost her wallet and ID in China,
Her document was picked up by a bus driver, no one know these strange words, I copy her document and sent to a korea buddy of mine on the net, He translated the doc into English and return me and I dispatched it to bus company and find the woman who was very anxious.
You are correct. Here's link to top 10 catastrophic shipwrecks. You are referring to MV Dona Paz - listed as #1.
Although the claim was that over 4,000 ppl were on board, the manifest showed around 1500. But in any case, Titanic is #5.
Very interesting story. Some are lucky others invest as much but their Titanic misses the berg ;-) ...
BTW: I'm not a native speaker, but at least to me the sentence about the largest loss of life in peace time sounds wrong as unfortunately there have been peacetime maritime disasters with many more victims. If I recall correctly there was an Asian Ferry which killed above 4000 people when sinking totally overloaded. So the statement would have to read ... largest loss of life AT THAT TIME, not "in modern history" (why the limitation to _modern_ history is necessary is another such question) ...
Apparently when questioned by the police Crippen recanted the story about his wife dying in the U.S. and explained that in fact she had run off with another man, and that he had made up the story to save face.
Great hearing from you. And I agree with your and most of the comments posted here about Tesla being robbed. I pointed out in the 1st paragraph that the patents were later awarded to Tesla, (too late and too little - Tesla never married and had no family, very sad really). At the time, Marconi was able to get it his way and was awarded the nobel prize in Physics. From what I read though, Tesla had invented several of the parts, the oscillator, etc., but Marconi put them together with some refinement (although Tesla did this too), but somehow Marconi was able to be more successful at it. From what I've read, it looks like Tesla was an OCD genius with a photographic memory, but struggled with running a business and company. The poor guy was robbed blind by Edison as well.
Kind of like what Steve Jobs did, right (The Blind Hacker Who Inspired Apple). Steve didn't invent the Blue Box :) , but he turned it into a product and then used it to leverage into the creation of Apple.
I guess I'll have to do some stories on Edison and Tesla...foreshadowing.
Sorry,I can not even give a tip of the hat to Marconi.He was working with the capital from "his" radio,and Tesla was starving.Bet Marconi never lost a minute's sleep while living high on another man's genius.
Marconi died rich and famous,Telsla died poor and broken.He did not even get the satisfaction of justice in the patent lawsuit.What good is a posthumus award if you have no family to collect?