The following poster has appeared many times in my social media feed. The conclusion you are intended to draw is also false.
TL; DR Summary
- These posters imply that Tesla cared about people more than making money versus Thomas Edison, who he once worked for as an employee (or another version of the poster, the evil person is George Westinghhouse) who only cared about making money.
- In reality, Tesla’s nearly 300 patents made him a very rich man. However, he invested in many bad projects and died a pauper. George Westinghouse, who adopted Tesla’s AC electrical system design, personally made sure that Tesla was cared for in old age.
- While Tesla may have cared about people, he was also a fan of eugenics or the selective breeding of people to eliminate “undesirables” from the population. Other fans of eugenics included the founder of Planned Parenthood and Hitler. Many people were caught up in that movement.
- My own textbooks all mentioned Tesla; it is unclear why the posters imply we never heard of Tesla.
- Bottom line: These posters make false assertions and reach false conclusions. The posters are false.
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