I feel modern day scientists are jealous of Tesla.
Somebody like Neil Tyson (I refuse to say his middle name) doesn't talk highly of him and seem jealous of the "internet craze" over Tesla. On a side note, that Tyson guy is an ahole. Who needs to be address by their first, middle, and last time?
I think Tesla was the smartest in his field, but maybe not the greatest. He was quite mysterious and kept lot of stuff in his brain. Maybe he could have been the greatest if he released all his (of maybe just more) works.
Maybe that's why these guys are jealous? Because they couldn't take credit for something somebody else has started?
Also, do you think Tesla is some kind of internet hero for hipsters like Neil thinks?
It's got to that point a bit, more to the detriment of Edison than to overrating Tesla. And I agree Tyson is douche who likes to smell his own farts, but at least what he does is very beneficial.
At any rate, it's hard to say Tesla is the smartest engineer of all time because that's a very loose term. You can get guys like Archimedes or Da Vinci included.
And it's also hard to define smart. If Tesla wouldn't have been screwed over, he could have well been one of the greatest
/most influential inventors/engineers in history. But if you pair him with truly the most potent intellects out there (egg John von Neumann, Albert Einstein etc.) does he really hold up? It's a bit like saying Darwin was one of the most intelligent human beings of all time. He was certainly one of the most original and influential, but he doesn't belong in the same class as Newton or Archimedes as far as sheer intelligence goes imo.
It's a though and interesting subject
I for one rate Tesla as one of the coolest guys of modern era. Quintessential mad scientist/misunderstood genius and it's only fitting that he never reached his potential given his EE blood