Harvard University Center for European Studies and the Harvard College South Slavic Society brought to light, on February 11, 2015 a new face of the famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Electrical engineer and prolific inventor, Nikola Tesla is one of the very few scientists who dedicated himself to achieving peace in a tangible way. He developed a number of inventions that could prevent wars: machines for the prevention of armed conflict, energy shields, and the development of teleautomatics.
The Tesla book launch event hosted at Harvard University Center for European Studies Busch Hall began with introductory lecture
“Exploring Tesla’s legacy through UNESCO Networks” delivered by Aleksandar Protic, Tesla Memory Project Director and UNESCO Federation of France Federal Counselor.
It was followed by a panel discussion revolving around the newly released book
“The Essential Nikola Tesla: Peace Building Endeavor“
published jointly by Energy Innovation Center TESLIANUM from Belgrade, Tesla Memory Project from Paris and UNESCO Center for Peace from Washington.
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The first panelist, Columbia University professor Gordana Vunjak Novakovic, member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, outlined Tesla’s ethical principles and unique lessons to posterity.
Guy Djoken, Chairman of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations, and Director of UNESCO Center for Peace, had emphasized Tesla’s leadership skills.
Mirjana Prljevic, President of Energy Innovation Center TESLIANUM; Executive Director, Peace and Crises Management Foundation; worldwide adviser for strategic positioning focused on Tesla as an example of ideal strategist.
Srdjan Pavlovic, Associate Director of the Tesla Memory Project and President of the Tesla cross-cultural Forum in Frankfurt had explored Tesla’s creative agent.
Zorica Civric, Senior Curator at the Belgrade Museum of Science and Technology, prospected the analogy between Tesla’s and Shakespeare’s geniuses.
Rave Mehta, the bestselling nonfiction graphic novel author, had inquired into Tesla’s mindset and creativity.
Nikola Tesla’s scientific achievements were being developed with his continuous efforts to bring peace and well-being to mankind. While it is widely accepted that Tesla’s inventions were completely applicable, it is not so well known that his efforts to bring peace and prosperity of mankind were also very concrete.
In a predominantly academic audience, panel was also attended by diplomats, scientists, humanitarians and entrepreneurs.
“The Essential Nikola Tesla: Peace Building Endeavor” book idea was to show how Tesla’s ideas provide impetus for professors, writers, entrepreneurs and innovators and to shed light thereon from their point of view, as well as how they inspire high school and third level students alike, through whose texts and youthful intuition perhaps we may yet unearth unfamiliar areas of Tesla’s incomparably rich creative endeavor. Guided by the ideal of Tesla’s humbleness, we decided that the book is not for sale, rather 333 printed copies are to be provided to individuals and institutions, and a digital version will be available free on the Internet.
The editors and the publishers wish to thank all the contributing authors for their inspiring content. We are sincerely thankful to our partners the Peace and Crisis Management Foundation who have generously helped this edition, as well as to Doga D.O.O, Browne’s Language Services and to Bečkerek Studio for their support. Withal, we express our gratitude to Harvard University The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Harvard College South Slavic Society and to Robosport Technologies for their help, with a special gratitude to Ms. Aida Vidan, Ms. Tijana Bzenic, and Mr. Salvatore LoDuca for their significant support at Harvard book launch.
Strahinja Matejic, PR, Tesla Memory Project