“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” – Richard P. Feynman
“…where dreams alone are blueprints, nightmares result.” -Theodore Dalrymple
“folly: noun ˈfälē 2. A costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park.” – Oxford English dictionary
Tesla’s life is a story of a meteoric rise to international prestige followed by an equally dramatic retreat into public shame, depression and loneliness. The turning point seems to have occurred during Tesla’s time in Colorado Springs (May 1899 – January 1900). It was during this point that he failed to properly confront reality. Denial of his failures led to further failure and further denial – a downward spiral which eventually led Tesla to a mental breakdown. This essay explores where Tesla went wrong.