Nikola Tesla is known to many as an eccentric character in history of science, but in reality he made profoundly important contributions to the science and technology that directly affect our lives. We will explore Tesla’s background, the “current war” he fought with Edison, and his range of inventions, including radio transmitters and the legendary death ray technology attributed to him. The class will be a mix of science and history, including development of key industries and the scientists and financiers behind them.