Nikola Tesla Was Wrong! On the Failure of “True Wireless” | Bad Ideas #24

Tesla was wrong. That’s the claim Albert’s making in this episode. We follow Tesla’s mistakes through his own writings and chart the fascinating early history of the study of electromagnetic waves (radio.) Despite popular claims to the contrary, Tesla did not invent the radio and repeatedly claimed his wireless system would transmit power and information through the natural conductance earth itself rather sending electromagnetic waves through the air. You can read some of these claims in Tesla’s own words here:

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