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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nikola Tesla and Resonating Earth Frequencies

Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its goal the betterment of humanity--Nikola Tesla
His name is not generally celebrated or well known, but this intense man basically invented the Twentieth Century. “Like all great magicians, he has all but disappeared,” says Sidian M.S. Jones in her blog. Nikola Tesla is, however, responsible for so many things we often take for granted or think someone else invented: things like alternating current, wireless communication, the electric motor, lasers and radar, x-rays, neon, robotics, remote control, the expansion of ballistics, nuclear physics and theoretical physics, cellular technology, and even tactical space-warfare. Yet, he died alone, destitute, in a New York hotel room, ridiculed and vilified as a “mad scientist” – even a buffoon. How did this come to be?

Tesla was born two years prior to when Darwin published The Origin of Species. In 1884, when he was eighteen years old and penniless, Tesla emigrated from Serbia to New York and presented himself to Thomas Edison with a letter of recommendation that said: “I know two great men and you are one of them; the other is this young man.”

An unbridled genius with a photographic memory, Tesla approached his scientific and technological discoveries with an almost naïve innocence and intensity that sparked jealousy by many peers who called him arrogant and foolhardy. Like many great geniuses, Tesla was indeed somewhat of a paradox. He was a mystic who recited poetry and spoke eight languages. Reserved yet an accomplished showman, this avant-garde scientist became notorious for his exotic claims and splashy press shots. Popular publicity pictures depict him seated in the midst of crackling arch-lightning, casually reading a book, relaxed amid his electric storm. Yes, at home with the power of weather and electricity. Close friends and colleagues described him as a soft-spoken gentleman with a genial smile and a noble bearing, a man of “distinguished sincerity, modesty, refinement and generosity.” Hardly arrogant; more like passionate. His friend Hawthorne wrote that “seldom did one meet a scientist or engineer who was also a poet, a philosopher, an appreciator of fine music, a linguist [he was fluent in eight languages], and a connoisseur of food and drink.” Tesla was a humanitarian who loved animals. He argued that animal slaughter was “wanton and cruel” and eventually became a vegetarian.

Tesla went head to head with Thomas Edison over the best method to electrify the world and emerged victorious; his Alternating Current (AC) won over Edison’s Direct Current (DC). Tesla sold his patents to Westinghouse and showed his induction motor devices for generating power at the 1893 Columbia Exhibition at the Chicago World’s Fair. He later worked with Westinghouse to harness the power of Niagara Falls. While Tesla’s role in the development of delivering electricity is generally known, many of his other accomplishments remain obscure and unacknowledged; it was only upon his death that the courts declared Tesla the inventor of radio. The commercially successful Marconi, who had been previously credited with its discovery, had merely built on what Tesla had already discovered.

Tesla disagreed with scientists of quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity. He predicted that quantum mechanics and relativity theorists would eventually enter a crisis and he believed that the universe was filled with “ether”, which was the source of matter.

The scientific community ultimately shunned Tesla for his “bizarre” claims, eccentric personality, his many phobias and his serious obsessive-compulsive disorder. These severely hurt his reputation. Condemnations spilled over into the media. In 1941, the first of Max Fleischer’s Superman comics, depicted Tesla as a mad gentleman scientist evoking the dark forces of his insane inventions like evil robots and deadly lasers. Even recent depictions of him feature Tesla as an eccentric, if not unstable man (e.g., the motion picture, Prestige).

Tesla readily admitted that scientific solutions came to him in shamanic dreams and flashes of insight. His visions often linked to a word or an idea or a perfectly formed solution and were accompanied by blinding flashes of light. Tesla could precisely visualize an invention in his mind, but was less adept at communicating it to others. “When the word was spoken to me, the image of the object would appear to me vividly…and sometimes I was unable to distinguish whether what I saw was tangible or not.” His idea for AC current came to him as a complete vision one day when he was strolling in a Budapest park as a young man. He seldom made drawings; keeping everything in his mind. This was undoubtedly a good thing, considering that his labs kept burning down. Tesla confided that his first thoughts about electricity came to him when he was three years old and saw sparks as he petted his cat. His sensitive vision and hearing allowed him see a light trails behind people walking in the snow.

Tesla was influenced by the Vedic teachings of the Swami Vivekanda and used his spiritual beliefs and the science of the ancient works of the Vedas (prana, akasha and concepts of “ether”) to describe the physics of the universe. He even adopted Sanskrit words to name some of his fundamental concepts about matter and energy. Tesla used to say, “The present time is theirs (the quantum mechanics scientists), but the future is mine.”

Tesla investigated harvesting the energy in space. He believed that humanity would eventually succeed in attaching machinery to the very wheelwork of nature: “Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe.” An altruist at heart, Tesla was determined to present the world with the gift of electrical power made equally available to all peoples of the world. He intuited the resonance of the earth and determined that waves of energy in the earth could be used to transport power to any point on the globe. He built Wardencliff as a global power and communications system: based on a system of towers that would pull down energy from the ionosphere to transmit electricity throughout the world without wires. This meant essentially free energy for everyone: an amazing break through for the world—electrical power that could be generated without fuel, wind, or solar energy. Some, however, visualized a huge negative impact to the fuel and power industry. Wardencliff was swiftly shut down, funding retracted and the towers destroyed because they posed a security risk.

In the latter years of his life, Tesla worked on plans for a directed-energy weapon, a Teleforce or particle beam weapon “that would put an end to all war,” he said. It consisted of an open-ended vacuum tube with a gas jet seal that charged particles to millions of volts and propelled non-dispersive particle streams through electrostatic repulsion to about 48 times the speed of sound. Tesla tried to interest the US War Department in the device. He also offered the invention to European countries. None of the governments purchased a contract to build the device. Various theories persist regarding the nature of this device and the whereabouts of Tesla's complete schematics for it. Immediately after his death, his effects were confiscated and declared top secret by the War Department of the U.S. and the room's safe opened. The FBI never found the schematics nor any prototype.

Tesla’s Legacy:

1882: Tesla comes up with the induction motor and devices that use rotating magnetic fields
1884: Tesla arrives in New York and is hired by Thomas Edison to redesign the company’s direct current generators
1886: Tesla quits due to a wage dispute and works as a laborer
1887: Tesla constructs the initial brushless alternating current induction motor and develops the principles of the Tesla coil (a high frequency air-core transformer or magnifying transmitter), other ways to increase the intensity of electrical oscillations (including condenser discharge transformations) and X-rays using a single terminal vacuum tube design (called braking radiation)
1891: Tesla established his South Fifth Avenue New York laboratory. He later established a lab on 46th Houston Street and lit electric lamps wirelessly at both locations.
1892: Tesla developed polyphase power systems and researched rotating magnetic field principles.
1893: Tesla investigated high frequency alternating currents and he generated AC of one million volts using a conical Tesla coil. He investigated the skin effect in conductors and invented a machine for inducing sleep, cordless gas discharge lamps. He built the first radio transmitter, transmitting electromagnetic energy without wires. Tesla demonstrated his fluorescent lamps and single node bulbs at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893.
1895: Tesla developed the Tesla generator in conjunction with developments in the liquefaction of air. Tesla proposed a “world system” for the transmission of electrical energy without wires that depended on the electrical conductivity of the earth. He demonstrated the transmission of electrical energy without wires as early as 1891. This movement of energy through space and matter (not just the production of voltage across a conductor) is called the Tesla effect. Just prior to his completion of his work the filing of a patent application, his lab burned down and all his equipment, models and inventions were destroyed. Immediately after the fire, Linde, in Germany, filed a patent application for the same process.
1896: Along with partner George Westinghouse, Tesla created the world’s first hydro electric system at Niagara Falls.
1899: Tesla set up his lab in Colorado Springs, which had enough room for his high-voltage, high-frequency experiments. He told reporters that he “was conducting wireless telegraphy experiments transmitting signals from Pikes Peak to Paris and concerning the ionosphere and the ground’s telluric currents via transverse waves and longitudinal waves. He proved that the earth was a conductor and produced artificial lightning. It was also at this lab that Tesla observed unusual signals that he attributed to extraterrestrial radio wave communications.
1902: Tesla began building the Wardenclyffe Tower facility (essentially a wireless communication and power transmitting system) but got scooped for his invention of radio by Marconi in 1904. In 1917 the Wardenclyffe Tower facility was torn down, after which he built Telefunken Wireless Station in Layville, Long Island. It was seized and torn down by the Marines, who claimed it could be used by German spies.
1906: Tesla demonstrated his 200 hp bladeless turbine engines
1917: Tesla established principles about frequency and power level for radar. By the 1920s Tesla was negotiating with the UK about a ray system.
1934: Tesla announces the Teleforce weapon, a particle beam weapon. based upon a large Van de Graaff generator of unique design and a special type of open-ended vacuum tube.


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Seems to be a great man, but people really know less about him. Hope you share this with face book!

Anonymous said...

Ah Tesla, a renaissance man of his time. A real genius.

Edison, while very intelligent, was more successful due to his hard work and his ability to polish the ideas of others and commercialize those ideas.

I find that Nikola Tesla, is still a presence in today's world.

He "shows up" in episode 13 of season 3 of Murdoch Mysteries.

As well as in episode 60 of Mythbusters.

And appropriately, the Tesla name has been attached to a high end electric powered luxury sports car. A combination of style and electricty that Nicola possessed.

Plus, how could a science fair be any fun without a least one Tesla Coil :-)

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Sparky Limberger

Jean-Luc Picard said...

A wonderful history of Tesla. I had heard the name before because of the Tesla Ball that generates electricity sparks.

HessMara said...

Very interesting post- I did not know any of the background about Tesla- Thanks

SF Girl said...

Tesla's name is generally known but the extent and nature of his actual accomplishments is not. And that is a real shame.

I hope we will change that...

SF Girl said...

LOL! Thanks, Limberger, for your thoughts on Tesla. He indeed had an electrifying personality!

I didn't know about the Tesla car... :)

MBAGARA said...

Amazing: I had never heard of Tesla before.

Anonymous said...

Nikola Tesla is probably the greatest inventor/discoverer of all time.

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SF Girl said...

I concur ...