Turning a light on in history
Our aim, as one of the only importers of Croatian delicacies to the UK, is to share and promote not only the gastronomy delights but also the country itself as one of Europe’s most newest and exciting destinations that can rival its neighbors. The chances are that Croatia is often associated within the context of some of the bloodiest conflicts and war. But for anyone who has visited will know that nestled within the clear blue waters of the Adriatic is sun drenched bliss with a lot more to offer than first meets the eye.
So we have pulled together a few interesting facts we would like to share with you about Croatia and its people that you may not already know. Starting with Nikola Tesla. You may not have heard of his name but his ideas and inventions certainly impact your every day life.
Nikola Tesla was born in 1856 in what is now Croatia. He made significant breakthroughs in production, transmission and application of electric power. He studied math and physics at the Technical University of Graz and philosophy at the University of Prague. Although wildly revered, Tesla was unable to translate his brilliant ideas and inventions into long-term financial success like many of his earlier rivals.
Tesla’s account of his own creative process:
‘My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction, make improvements and operate the device in my mind… In this way I am able to rapidly develop and perfect a conception without touching anything.’
It’s hard to read about Tesla and not be a little in awe over the brilliance of this man. He writes that his process and course of progression is different. As Knapp states, it is the equivalent of writing and editing an entire book, down to the last punctuation mark before putting it down on paper. Tesla wasn’t doing this with words, he was practically inventing the comings of the modern world in his imagination. Innovation is a social process at the hand of many brilliant scientists and engineers, many building and advancing on Tesla’s initial work. Alternating current, Tesla coils, (still used in radio technology today), x rays, remote controls, induction motors, to name a few.
Tesla helped refine Alternating Currents making some key developments that made it more practical and accessible. There is no doubt he had an intuitive understanding of electricity and worked along side Edison for many years. He also pointed the way for development of radars. It is true however, like many claim that Tesla did not invent radar and that his pitch to the Naval Consulting Board during World War I was turned down without ever producing a prototype. That said, his work and ideas arguably became the backbone for further research.
His work was paramount within these fields and his achievements incredible whilst working along side some of the greats throughout history. Tesla died in 1943 yet it is almost impossible to forget his legacy.