Is Tesla an overrated science figure, a Life Based on Exaggeration?

Saul Cisneros


I hate counterfeit information.

In the following case, this link,,  describes Tesla as an overrated person in history. Due in a large part to exaggerated internet contributions that come from a single source, “Prodigal Genius, the Life of Nikola Tesla”.

I reject this notion. Because of my previous reading into the life and science of Nikola Tesla, the video that the Cracked team produced is disgusting to me. Either they spent zero time researching this or they were influenced by an outside agenda. In both cases, the “information” they are peddling is next to worthless.

I only follow my inclination to dispute this video and similar claims to clarify my own understanding. If my further research into this indicates error or misinformation on my part then I will be made aware of it. It is not profitable to grant an audience to your indulgences every time you are slighted. In this case, suggesting that my knowledge is corrupt, unreliable or based on false information.

Overall the video implies that people who have taken up an interest in Tesla are misguided because of the internet. Also, the audience does not have the intelligence to sort fact from fiction. Only the team at Cracked are capable of sorting through such truth.

To claim that Tesla’s impact is overrated is subjective. Therefore, to argue the opposite point would be subjective as well and bring us no closer to any truth.

We will investigate the claims and assertions made by the Cracked team on the following point, since their discussion is based on that point.

There is a single source from which the claims of Telsa’s feats are documented.

This point is false. Not only are there many works by and written about Tesla, there are also numerous magazine and newspaper articles and interviews in which he makes very exciting claims. Not only that but I have several books about Tesla which are:

Tesla Master of Lightning – Margaret Cheney and Robert UTH 1999
Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency – Nikola Tesla 1904
My Inventions the Autobiography of Nikola Tesla – Nikola Tesla 1919*
The Problem of Increasing Human Energy – Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla Colorado Springs Notes 1899 to 1900 – Nikola Tesla

*Originally published in Electrical Experimenter Magazine in 1919 over a series of monthly Issues.

Interesting that the book the Cracked team mentions (Prodigal Genius, the Life of Nikola Tesla 1944) has the same cover artwork as a version of the book My Inventions The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla. This is not the version that I list. Wikipedia (which I do not recommend trusting blindly), states at the bottom of the page in this link,, that there was a version released of the electrical experimenter biography, which contained errors. The newer unabridged version is the one I list.