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Tesla 1856-1943

Tesla 1920

Colorado Springs lab

Though this photo was a double exposure I still enjoy seeing the inside of his lab in Colorado Springs.
Your looking at just half of this Tesla Coil.

Kansas City Journal-Post Sept.10th 1933

Tesla had the ability to see his thoughts as solid objects which would at times block his view of the real world.  Although Tesla considered this an ailment he still put it to good use in the development of many inventions.   He felt he could devise a machine which could capture these thoughts and project them for others to see as the above news paper article illustrates.

When Tesla invented the first AC motor he test ran it for many weeks (in his head), making observations, disassembling it to check for wear and tear on the parts, then making alterations if needed.  When it came time to build this device in the physical world he had his workers each take one part to construct, giving them all the needed measurements verbally.  Each worker performed their construction task in secrecy (the usual work mode), at times to machined tolerances of 10,000ths of an inch.  Tesla assembled the parts, threw the switch and it worked perfectly the first time.

This almost mystical process would be used by him countless times, which I think helped give him the reputation as a crackpot/quack...  also his annual birthday presentations to high ranking public figures and celebrities, at which he demonstrated to unsuspecting audiences his latest inventions. usually scaring them to death with his electrical feats.

A demonstration of wireless power.

Mark Twain, a close friend, enjoyed the wizardry.

A simplistic diagram of his world energy system.

   "Genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration"  

Edison was nice enough to give Tesla an autograph.

Tesla said of Tom Edison:"If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with diligence of a bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search."

"I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor."

If Edison was a "Man of his time" then what's Tesla?... about 200 years ahead of ours.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries excerpt on Edison
from:  Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web

Edison did not retrain himself for new technologies. He avoided almost entirely the area of electronics. He ignored a new discovery - radio waves. He did not investigate alternating current systems.

In his new laboratory he pushed forward in familiar areas or explored new subjects that did not require radically new techniques. He improved the phonograph, invented a way of producing motion pictures, devised a method of separating iron ore magnetically, built concrete homes, tried to develop a storage battery for automobiles, and searched for a source of rubber.  Some of his ventures were successful; others, like iron ore separation, were spectacular failures.

Edison's attempts to increase his productivity tenfold were probably doomed as long as he considered his new laboratory as a larger version of the old one. His first laboratory had been basically an extension of himself; other people were there to help facilitate his ideas. West Orange was too big for that. Structuring and managing a laboratory so scores of inventors could create and contribute to many new inventions was not his style.

This modern day Tesla Coil builder (Professional Sound Systems UHV Division) must have understanding neighbors and probably a bug free yard.

Tesla didn't care much for the process of mass production of his inventions, he would rather leave that to others, instead he preferred the process of discovery.  He often gave his tid bits to anyone who was interested.  Marconi came to Tesla after hearing of his work in wireless transmission.  Tesla opened his lab and books to him, and we all know what happened next... Marconi implemented a small portion of Tesla's invention and became famous.

Even though (in 1943) the Supreme Court ruled Tesla invented the radio 8 years prior to Marconi it amazes me how society continues to teach us otherwise.  I was taught in High School (early 70's) that Marconi invented the radio and Edison was the "greatest inventor of all time", both claims need to be remedied in our "institutions of higher learning" ...and a few like Yale are starting too.

Recently Yale University has moved toward giving Tesla his place of honor.   They have placed this bronze bust in their school for future generations.

Excerpt fromYale Scientific Magazine

"In 1943, the Supreme Court granted full rights to Tesla for the invention of radio, nullifying the claims of Marchese Gugliemo Marconi who had patented a two-tuned-circuit design and a more practical  four-tuned-circuit modeled after Tesla's. Marconi's patent on the invention of radio was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court because Tesla's work predated it (Case #369, 6/21/43).  Marconi did succeed in beating Tesla as the first person to send a wireless telegraph across the Atlantic, which prompted Tesla to remark, "Let him continue. He is using seventeen of my patents." In addition, Tesla's 1903 patents 723,188 and 725,605 contain the basic principles of the logical AND circuit element basic to all computers."
View the entire Yale Scientific Magazine article at the Yale site by clicking here.

Thanks to John Wagner for making this Tesla bust a reality with all his efforts to raise the needed funds... (Tesla T-Shirt sales).  See John's web link on my Tesla Links and Information Sources section (Tesla page1).

Half of Tesla's Niagara Falls Power Station.

The Chicago Worlds Fair 1893, lit by the Niagara station.  It captivated the world.

This old corporate poster made me do a double take,
I hope they don't mean stealing is a better idea.
sorry, bad joke.

Tesla's radio transmission concepts went far beyond the Marconi one way broadcast of the letter "S".
The Tesla device transmitted the power needed to run the "radio" as well.

The Wardenclyffe Tower (above) was to be the production model of Tesla's Colorado Springs discoveries.  It was to transmit signals and electrical power from Long Island NY to Europe.  In Tesla's own words it was to be his "crowning glory".  (Trivia:  the 187' high all wooden structure was designed to allow the removal of any spar at any time for repairs).  The only metal was the giant sphere which stood a top.  This photo shows the tower in the construction phase.

This is when J.P. Morgan bailed out (his funding of tesla ceased), it was then demolished by the US government.  Tesla would live out the remaining years of his life broke and alone with his pigeons and doves in his New York hotel room, always expecting to have his many designs accepted and the associated funding resumed.

Some say his designs live on today in top secret labs.
Are UFO's the Electrical Flying Machines Tesla envisioned
in some of his notebooks?  Research into the breathe of
Tesla's discoveries and our national security secrecy policies
would show how this could be possible.

Tesla's electric aircraft.

Soap Box:  World "leaders" or is that herders, need to get beyond their hunter gatherer, hoard and control natural resources mentality.  A Tesla like "free energy" system would make the world much less dependent, less governments, less oil, what about the all mighty dollar for god sakes... and we begin to see those domino's lining up.  Just as in the early Mafia days of NYC
we're being duped into feeling "protected" from the so called bad guys
when it's these same guys (the bad guys) you pay protection to that are doing the destroying.

There is little doubt we need to come together in order to save our butts.

Tesla wanted electrical robots to do our fighting.

What Tesla had to say about War

``War cannot be avoided until the physical cause for its recurrence is removed and this, in the last analysis, is the vast extent of the planet on which we live. Only through annihilation of distance in every respect, as the conveyance of intelligence, transport of passengers and supplies and transmission of energy will conditions be brought about some day, insuring permanency of friendly relations. What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife. Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment.''

from  "My Inventions: the autobiography of Nikola Tesla", Hart Bros., 1982. Originally appeared in the Electrical experimenter magazine in 1919.

Tesla's favorite dove.

A replica of Tesla's family home/church.


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