06/05/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Wardenclyffe, Nikola Tesla's Bold Energy Failure, At Risk

Larry Page, Google's co-founder, sees the creator's life as a cautionary tale. "It's a sad, sad story," Mr. Page told Fortune magazine last year. The inventor "couldn't commercialize anything. He could barely fund his own research."

Wardenclyffe epitomized that kind of visionary impracticality.

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