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    what did Nikola Tesla know?

    There is no thing endowed with life - from man, who is enslaving the elements, to the nimblest creature - in all this world that does not sway in its turn. Whenever action is born from force, though it be infinitesimal, the cosmic balance is upset and the universal motion results.
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    The introduction of SpaceCollective briefly mentions the incredible Nikola Tesla. I recently did a little bit of research into the life of the man and holy #^( $-!t. For those of you who are unaware of who Nikola Tesla was, I suggest you enlighten yourself by reading up - or at least you-tubing up on his life. All sources I found assert that upon his death the government went in and snatched up all of his notes and inventions - some of which are still being analyzed today. Many of the sources also assert that he didn't write down a lot of his findings for this reason, to block his discoveries from being exploited. It is clear by some of his inventions - like (free) global wireless electricity, death rays, and radio (among a lot of others we still utilize today) this guy knew something about the universe the average joe does not.

    I've decided I am going to start hitting the books a little bit harder - maybe we can solve the energy crisis with free electric energy from the ionosphere? Haha, no... Seriously.

    But what did Nikola Tesla know?!

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    hunter     Sun, May 4, 2008  Permanent link

    Here in Serbia Tesla is a national hero - his image is on 100 dinar bills - and he is often perceived almost as a mythical crature.

    I am not an expert but I think that his inventions concerning the wireless energy you have mentioned are actually about wireless transportation of energy, rather than creation of free energy.
    rene     Sun, May 4, 2008  Permanent link
    Nikola Tesla has played an important role in various projects I've been involved with. He is a favorite character of many filmmakers I know of. You might want to take a look at my earlier post, which explores the question why Hollywood has never made a movie about him, despite the numerous attempts made by the creative community. Tesla has often been seen as an alien, and this perception of his human alien-ness seems to contribute to the fact that he has on the one hand been so consistently ignored, and on the other provokes a never ending fascination with his character and accomplishments. A good book about him is 'Tesla- Man Out of Time' by Margaret Cheney. I'd like to hear more what they have to say about him in Serbia.
    folkert     Sun, May 4, 2008  Permanent link
    Also check out Tesla's appearance in the Runaway Infrastructure episode on the homepage.
    hunter     Mon, May 5, 2008  Permanent link
    Most people in Serbia believe that Tesla had supernatural powers. He is often mentioned in those pseudo-scientific articles in tabloids. Some of those people think that he was an alien, while others satisfy themselves with "only" a few supernatural traits. He is often perceived as a god-like person who was above ordinary humans.

    This is a painting by a popular Serbian painter Tapi, whom I generally don't like, but the painting nicely illustrates the point. Here, Tesla is hardly human. He is hardly corporeal. More of an idea. In my opinion, this is because ordinary, soap-opera-watching people really have no idea what he has done, but they know that he was some kind of great scientist "who invented electricity".

    More educated people have no such illusions, but everybody respects him highly. Here is a link to a more serious mini-site dedicated to 150 anniversary of his death with some general information.

    The urn containing Tesla's remains, kept in Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade
    WarpedREVolution     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
    So in the midst of an international war for energy, why haven't we heard about scientists or our government making real efforts to look for it elsewhere than the depths of the earth? Does anybody know off-hand the quarks in Tesla's plan for free electricity? A hundred years and how many paradigm shifts in technology later, we can still not find a way to prevent these problems? I know J.P. Morgan destroyed the entire project when he discovered Tesla could give the world free electricity, are the same capitalistic intentions of the energy industry from way back when still at work today? Tesla's story holds fastened in time implications about just how dirty imperialism really can be.
    monolith     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
    If You all have the time, please read Tesla's autobiography - just note the simplicity with which he describes natural phenomenons like electricity or complex thinking machines and wireless energy transfer. I guess we are all paying for what we (as humanity) did to the man who came to solve world's energy crisis, and just in right time - God knows where we would be now if only we stud for his defense. And yet, how kindly he forgives this crime against him, with words "The world was obviously not ready".
    @rene: now everybody here, in Serbia is proud with Nikola Tesla; 2006 was Tesla's year here (150 years birth anniversary) they've even changed our biggest airport name to "Nicola Tesla" but the truth is that NOTHING is truly done important in his memory here: there were no big attempts to shed some light on his lost inventions from the scientific community, even his museum was so lousy guarded that it was robbed on several occasions (some 10-15 years ago) and a lot of documents were taken away that were described as "insignificant" by the museum's management . I ask you: why would anybody try to steal insignificant papers?
    He's just another legend for Serbs now, and nobody likes to discover the true Tesla.
    sjef     Tue, May 6, 2008  Permanent link
    I've read that autobiography before, it's interesting but can anyone comment on its authenticity?

    (*edit - "Published 1919 in the Electrical Experimenter Magazine" - I guess that'll have to do)

    The trouble with reading up on Tesla online, especially when trying to get anything on his more advanced/out there ideas, is that you hardly ever seem to be more than a few clicks away from Nazi flying saucers / perpetual motion scams / CIA mind control and a diverse selection of other paranoid delusional conspiracy or 'I want to believe' rubbish. It all makes for entertaining reading but the factual content is highly dubious at best and it doesn't do much for the credibility of anything around it.

    Not that there aren't any good sources of information, there are several, but a lot of the people very hyped on Tesla seem to be completely out of their damn minds. Maybe it's all disinformation to hide the truth (that was sarcasm), but the lack of real documentation / actual verified information makes researching the guy pretty frustrating.
    monolith     Thu, May 8, 2008  Permanent link
    Yes, that technology back then was so far out people considered it as magic, but seriously - how far out can it really be now? My god, a hundred years has past!
    From my humble knowledge of electricity and from extensive reading of Tesla's papers, I understood that Tesla made very few experiments, since he designed and run things with his powerful imagination. This is a real problem, because he made very little notes, as he kept things in his head. But what about NOW? Consider this:
    As I understood, Tesla's tower was meant to pulse the ionosphere in such way that pretty soon the whole ionosphere starts pulsing in some resonant frequencies, kind of like constantly disturbing the water's surface with some stick until all water surface starts to wave in that frequency. To my mind, there's nothing unusual about this idea: one just has to find the natural resonant frequency of that surface and continuously keep running the disturbance until it catches up trough all medium.
    But what kind of electric waves? Tesla speaks about "longitudinal rather then transversal waves". What could this be? From what angle did he look at the system? I only know that he was in love with spheric coordinating system and considered sphere to be the perfect body in nature (hence his ashes are in golden sphere) .
    And really, no experiment? Couldn't we make an experiment such as this:

    Where silver ball is a laaaarge ball covered with, say, aluminum foil and then charged with static electricity that imitates ionosphere, black dot represents an iron ball that would be the pulse source that we would charge with various phase AC current and red dots would be points where we would measure static electricity. If we feed this measurements to the computer man, wouldn't we find out the resonant frequency of that stupid ball in DAYS? And then, in Tesla's words:
    If I know how to toss a rock ten meters away, don't I just need to add more strength to my technique and toss it a hundred meters?

    My only fear is that, when somebody finally does this "world power station", man in black will show up and kill him and everybody he knows including his neighbors, for this cannot be so complicated (even I could come up with a starting point or two!) and a hundred years has passed, man, a hundred years and NOBODY did ANYTHING!

    And where are we now from Tesla's thought? My favorite quote:
    We are automata entirely controlled by the forces of the medium being tossed about like corks on the surface of the water, but mistaking the resultant of the impulses from the outside for free will.

    The man was considering to duplicate a HUMAN! Not some AI for children to toy with, but a fully developed machine that would replace us.
    We all thinker with silicon because we all need prosthetics for our brain and even then we cannot measure with Tesla on a bad day.
    matt     Thu, May 8, 2008  Permanent link
    His shadow still looms large:

    sjef     Thu, May 8, 2008  Permanent link
    What is that?
    WarpedREVolution     Thu, May 8, 2008  Permanent link
    Matt - That is exactly what I was looking for! Could you send me a link to the picture's source? Good Looks!

    sjef     Thu, May 8, 2008  Permanent link
    Found it. :)
    (slow day at work...)
    Original (russian) source
    English source
    "the weird alien-like towers are the Experimental Grounds for High-Voltage Generation, the only open-air kind in the world"

    Pretty cool.
    elenakulikova     Wed, Oct 22, 2008  Permanent link
    wow, that's hot
    leili     Wed, Oct 22, 2008  Permanent link
    Tesla coil, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles. 
    the images also contain a horrific sound!
    Lifestream     Tue, Aug 31, 2010  Permanent link
    For those interesting in Tesla's work, I suggest to read the book "The Nikola Tesla Treasury" which is a gathering of his many articles, letters to editors and lectures he did. It's a long reading because of the nature of these writings but definitively worth it. This book is all about Tesla himself and not about interpretation done by others. With this book, you will get a very good understanding of what Tesla was working on throughout his life. His many discoveries and understanding of this electric universe we live in. You can find many (if not all) of the writings found in this book on the following website ...

    I would also suggest reading "Nikola Tesla: Colorado Springs Notes, 1899-1900" for anyone truly interested in understanding his work on his transmitter/receiver he was working on and through which he found space communications, the standing waves and Earth as a conductor. This book though is a note book, it's not very interesting to read by itself but definitively a must for real seekers :) (this book contains many diagrams of his transmitter/receiver)

    A very inspiring man he is and will always be. Sad that his teachings are not given in science classes. Perhaps because his knowledge is still too far ahead our present understanding.
    Infinitas     Tue, Aug 31, 2010  Permanent link
    Awesome! Thanks for bumping this thread, I never knew it existed. I recently finished reading Margaret Cheney's biography on him, Tesla- Man Out of Time, and though I knew a fairly good amount about him before I read it, Tesla has become even more wondrous and mind-blowingly brilliant. When questioned about one of his inventions (some kind of oscillator) he said that he could split the Earth in half like an apple in a matter of some years. This device, which could fit into a jacket pocket, practically destroyed his lab. One time he placed it on a the side of a building in NYC and after a short period of time people started running out of the building thinking it was an earthquake. He could have brought all of NYC to the ground if he wanted. He surely was a mad genius, but definitely not an evil one.

    As far as free wireless electricity, I think scientists have finally caught up to Tesla's brilliance and started to look into it.
    Lifestream     Fri, Sep 3, 2010  Permanent link
    I read the article you linked. Thanks for linking :)

    About Tesla's mechanical oscillator, I think Tesla made this device to evaluate the universality that exists between the different mediums. It was more of a "toy" to do experiment I believe. The only other mechanical device I am aware that Tesla worked on was his blade-less pump which he declared has being the most important one he ever did. I think the following readings are giving a hint on why ;)  (for those that don't have a freepatentsonline account and don't want one..

    VIDEO: A Tesla pump in action..
    Phyllotaxis     Sun, Nov 6, 2011  Permanent link
    You will find this of interest.

    There are direct connections to Tesla and his work contained within.