The Man who Illuminated Mankind

Nikola Tesla, with his equipment for producing high-frequency alternating currents.

Driven by his brilliant intellect but unrecognized in his time, Nikola Tesla’s quest to “illuminate the whole Earth” took him from the village of Smiljane to New York City, granting humankind countless inventions that continue to shape our world.

Architect of the Nuclear Age

“Whatever Nature has in store for mankind, unpleasant as it may be, men must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge.” – Enrico Fermi

Along with Galileo, Volta, and Marconi, Enrico Fermi is one of the few Italians who have a place of honor among science geniuses. A personality that circumstances have made complex – Fermi lived during the Second World War turmoil.

Remarkable Scientist

“Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.”

Louis Pasteur is one of the most remarkable names in the field of medicine. From a humble beginning, he grew up to make extraordinary contributions to society, including the vaccines for rabies and anthrax, and the processes of Pasteurization and Sterilization. His love for science stemmed from everyday problems that people faced regularly.

From a Tanner’s Son, to a Famous Scientist

Louis Pasteur and russian doctor Leonid Ivanovich Voinov, with russian children cured of rabies, 1886

Louis Pasteur believed he could do anything as long as he put his mind and heart into it. His inquisitiveness helped him overcome his apprehensions. Pasteur’s desire to help others and excel in the field of science paved the way for changing the course of medicinal history.

Of Phonographs, Light bulbs, and Motion-Picture Cameras

Thomas Edison posing with the group who perfected the phonograph, 16 June 1888.

Gramophones, light bulbs, and cameras are some of the devices we use regularly. They light up our houses and provide entertainment by letting us capture the moments worth remembering. It has been more than a hundred years since Thomas Edison invented these. Effort and endless hours of experimentation were poured into the invention of these devices, and are testament to Edison’s character.

Wizard of Menlo Park

Thomas Edison and his early phonograph.

Thomas Alva Edison is considered one of the greatest inventors of all time. Through success and failure, Edison strived hard and, as a result, had more than 1,000 patents to his name. From the perceived invention of the light bulb to the ‘War of Currents’, Edison remains one of the most divisive figures in the history of the scientific community.

Simple and Elegant Revolution

Copernicus maps the heavens to find a simple arrangement.

Nicolaus Copernicus made very few astronomical observations in his lifetime. Yet, he was intelligent enough to spot the inconsistencies in the Ptolemaic model of the universe. His proposed model set the earth in motion and placed the Sun at the center of the universe. This simple and correct insight triggered the modern scientific revolution.