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Nikola Tesla is almost the tallest, almost the thinnest and certainly the most serious man who goes to Delmonico’s regularly,” wrote the reporter Arthur Brisbane for the New York World in 1894. [1]

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Robert Underwood Johnson: Editor, Genius-Whisperer

Table talk: Serbian poetry, the perils of the yellow press, Tesla’s uncanny prophecies

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The Century Magazine was one of the leading publications of the 19th century, showcasing work by Ulysses S. Grant, John Muir, and Mark Twain, among others. Photo: Courtesy of Library of Congress

John Muir: Naturalist, Amateur Inventor

Table talk: nature’s purpose, wacky childhood inventions, a trip to Alaska

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Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse won the contract to illuminate the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, the first all-electric fair in history. Photo by William Henry Jackson/Field Museum Library/Getty Images

Mark Twain: Writer, Social Philosopher

Table talk: patents, utopianism, mutually assured destruction

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Mark Twain was keenly interested in new techonologies and visited Tesla’s laboratory to see the inventor’s latest experiments. Photo: Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe

Stanford White: Architect, Tastemaker

Table talk: Wardenclyffe, the New York City landscape, workaholic sleep habits

Photo: By George Cox 1892
Stanford White designed the second Madison Square Garden and maintained an apartment in its tower. Photo: Courtesy of Library of Congress
Tesla ran out of money before he could realize his dream of a wireless power center at Wardenclyffe. Photo: Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe

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