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Call Nikola Tesla a "cult hero" if you like, but some of our readers might take issue with you. News that Matthew Inman, the creator of Web cartoon "The Oatmeal," is collaborating with a nonprofit group to create a Tesla museum has commenters singing the futurist inventor's praises. Many say they think he deserves more recognition in the annals of scientific history.
They hashed out the legacies of Tesla and Thomas Edison, sometimes viewed to be at odds.
MDMick: "The article describes him as a 'cult' hero with far-out dreams, but Tesla was an accomplished scientist. He is the one who realized Edison was wrong by insisting on direct current public electricity supplies and it could be done more safely and much cheaper with alternating current. The modern American - and world - electricity grids are ALL based on Tesla's patents and first working systems he developed for Westinghouse. Edison tried to discredit Tesla and the 'Electric Chair' was invented to try to scare people away from AC current electricity. But Tesla was right and Edison wrong and AC prevailed as Tesla's calculations and foresight proved true - and made Westinghouse (now part of Northrup) a big name."
Kevin Schooler: "Edison wasn't wrong about direct current being useful, he was only wrong about the application. Have you ever wondered why so many electronic devices have an AC adapter? That is because they must convert AC to DC in order to run correctly and safely. The only problem is that DC loses potency over distance. I'll never understand the whole revisionist 'Tesla Angelic/Edison Evil' paradigm. The fact is both contributed enormously to modern living, but Edison happened to be a better businessman."
Was Tesla overlooked in favor of Edison?
hook59: "The sad demise of Tesla living and dying in debt just shows how corporate America, or those in power controlling things to the benefit of themselves and their greed. Edison was dead set on having his way in the electrical energy department. Westinghouse saw the benefit of Teslas ideas. But Teslas ideas were virtually swallowed up by the bigger fish in the pond. It's really a wonder that we hear anything at all about Tesla depsite his intelligence. It's no different today when a little guy invents something that doesn't get swallowed up and shelved by corporate greed."
joninva: "Tesla was not a 'little guy.' He was world famous during his time. The fact he was broke when he died was because he got shafted by Edison and Tesla himself was not a good businessman. History will forever record that Tesla was the better scientist than Edison. However, Edison was a better businessman and politician."
The term "cult hero" is in the eye of the beholder.
JoeSchmoe: "Cult hero, huh? This guy could have solved the U.S. energy problems before they began. He was a genius that surpassed Bell, Edison and just about every scientist of his time and more then a few from our current time. He designed the Hoover Dam which still runs today. His experiments in high-voltage energy transmission were ground breaking technology a hundred years ahead of its time. That would be like a 747 flying overhead while the Wright brothers were at Kitty hawk. That is who you are calling a cult hero."
Peter Zang: " 'Cult Hero' is not a negative term. It just means his 'heroic' status is appreciated by a good number of people outside the mainstream. He should be considered a true American hero for his contributions, but too few of the general population have any idea or understanding of what he did."
Maybe Tesla was just ahead of his time.
voodoochild1975: "I've always thought the dude would be a lot more comfortable in 2012 than in 1912. I really think he hit the wrong century. I think 'cult following' is coming from how, unlike Edison, Einstein, Bell, etc., Tesla doesn't usually get his own chapter in grade school history books. You have to know a bit about what he was doing, the science involved, and how eerily he foreshadowed where that technology would end up. Anyone think he would be at all surprised to see cell phones today? So Tesla is the scientist other scientists and geeks tend to appreciate. Or at least that's my take on the 'cult hero' remark."
drowlord: "Without Tesla doing his thing then, 2012 would be a lot more like 1912 ..."
vr13: "With only one correction. Tesla's place is first of all in the physics books. And secondly, he does get a lot of recognition, bad sadly not in the American educational system that is too heavy on 'soft social knowledge.' In the countries that place higher value on science education, Tesla is well known."
Kalanaole: "According to Dean Koontz theory, Tesla was ALIVE in 2012. Time travel ..."
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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.