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tesla (nicola not 'signs')

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by TEARZ, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. TEARZ

    TEARZ Guest

    Nikola Telsa (1856 – 1943)

    Reputed as a mad visionary and showman. [b]He claimed to have invented a ‘death beam’, attempted to communicate with life on other planets.[/b] Despite this he was instrumental in the development of the essential components for generating and distributing alternating current (AC).

    Telsa was born in the small village of Smilijan, in modern day Croatia. He was the son of a clergyman and his mother who had the knack of inventing useful tools for the family farm. From an early age he showed an interest in mathematics, mechanics and physics. At nineteen he entered University of Graz and from there went to the University of Prague to study philosophy. It was during his time in Graz he first became interested in the idea that electric motors could be run on a current more efficient than direct current (DC). Though ridiculed for the idea it became his obsession.

    His first breakthrough came as he walked through a park in Budapest. He had been reciting lines from Goethe’s “Faust” when the idea of the induction motor, fully formed, came to him. He quickly etched his idea in the sand. They were basic diagrams and the idea involved the use of alternating current to create a rotating magnet that could drive a motor.

    This idea represented an essential advance in combating a serious problem faced by the emerging electricity industry. In order to distribute electrical power efficiently over long distances it was crucial to be able to raise and lower voltage as needed. This was not possible with the DC system favoured by Thomas Edison. With the use of transformers, AC could be effectively manipulated and transported far from the source of the power. Telsa’s induction motor made AC feasible.

    In 1884 he sailed to the USA and began working for Thomas Edison. He proved himself to be a capable and tireless worker with no task being too great or small for him. The only problem being that Edison and Telsa strongly disagreed over the AC DC debate. Telsa favoured AC while Edison strongly preferred DC.

    Telsa left Edison’s workshop and worked for a company that made industrial arc lights. Finding this work unchallenging he soon resigned and supported himself by digging ditches and other odd jobs. However, in 1887, his luck changed when the Western Union Telegraph Company helped him to form a business. For the following two years he produced designs for split-phase, induction, and synchronous motors, generators and transformers.

    At this point a businessman by the name of George Westinghouse took an interest in Telsa’s work. He provided the financial backing for Telsa to invest his time in the development of AC. All of this time Edison made public attacks on Telsa’s AC theory. He publicly portrayed animals being electrocuted by high voltage AC to display its dangers. He even went as far as to suggest that AC should be used in New York’s electric chair because of its lethality.

    In spite of all the negative publicity AC won out over DC. The Hydroelectric power station built on the Niagara Falls in the mid 1890’s was a testament to Telsa’s dream. It provided long range distribution using his system.

    Telsa worked on various other innovations and predicted that we would be able to communicate and transmit energy without the use of wires. He also foresaw the use of radar. He designed and built a model of a radio controlled ship and devices that could create artificial lightening bolts. He was also an early advocate of harnessing solar and geothermal power.

    As he got older Telsa became more eccentric and he developed a germ phobia. He lived alone and eventually withdrew from society. Near the end of his life he lived in a run down New York hotel room where he spent much of his time feeding his pigeons. He died peacefully in his room in 1943.

    [b]dude wouldn't shake hands with people and required 10 napkins to clean his silverware before meals. furthermore he would only stay in hotel rooms divisible by the # 3.[/b] let's find out more about this "death beam."
  2. Don't Panic

    Don't Panic Member

    Joined: Jun 2, 2003 Messages: 647 Likes Received: 0
    Never heard of him before, but definitely interesting.
  3. TEARZ

    TEARZ Guest

    i know right? that's why i posted... seems like someone the collective "we" should know more about...
  4. Don't Panic

    Don't Panic Member

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    "When Guglielmo Marconi, who is often cited as the inventor of radio, publicly demonstrated signal transmission across the Atlantic in 1901 Tesla sarcastically remarked, 'Let him continue. He is using seventeen of my patents.'"

    "Towards the end of his life, some of Nikola Tesla’s experimental concepts seemed increasingly fantastic. On his seventy-eighth birthday, Tesla described a new “death beam” apparatus that could destroy 10,000 planes from a distance of 250 miles and defeat armies of millions via the transmission of concentrated particle beams. He envisioned using this death beam to create an invisible defensive wall to protect national borders. Tesla stated that this work was based on entirely new principles of physics, but refused to explain any of these theories, insisting that experts would have to trust him.

    In 1937, Tesla was hit by a taxi and refused medical treatment, stubbornly maintaining that if he kept moving after the accident, it would prevent his blood from clotting. He never fully recovered from this incident and became increasingly reclusive in his final years, rarely leaving his room in the Hotel New Yorker. Nikola Tesla passed away in his sleep at the age of 86, bequeathing a legacy of innovation that has immeasurably advanced the progress of humankind. After his death, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Office of Alien Property and the War Department impounded Tesla’s papers on advanced weapons systems, and much of this information has yet to be released. "

    Quite a bit of linked information here
  5. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    i'm the same way :shook:
  6. TEARZ

    TEARZ Guest

    scalding feces, don't panic...
  7. test pattern

    test pattern Elite Member

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    he probably would have taken over the world
  8. villain

    villain Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2002 Messages: 5,190 Likes Received: 2
    heh, one of my fave people in history. I want to be like tesla when i grow up.
  9. effyoo

    effyoo Elite Member

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  10. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    haha, i knew about dude due to the embarrassing fact
    of a really shitty fucking band called..yep....tesla....that
    i was 'aware of':cool:....
    good refresher..
    i wonder how he figured we'd transfer energy
    without wires(does he mean wireless technology
    or was he being eccentric and thinking humans
    themselves could be conduits?)...
  11. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    theres a band by the name tesla, and thats what i thought this thread would be about
  12. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 622
    so many who haven't heard of him..

    physics is an intensely interesting topic..to me, anyway

    i mean, electric and magnetic fields?? all over the planet..and that's just the beginning

    Tesla has a unit in physics named after him, an was integral to its early development

    so many eccentric geniuses in science..or is there no other kind..

    i am very curious about his death beam
    although something tells me that once the government got its hands on something produced in virtual isolation by an insane genius it probably kept it under tight lock
  13. metallix

    metallix Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 7, 2001 Messages: 2,955 Likes Received: 1
    his products are already being used. some of it has been declassified, however most of that are extensions of his work (products based on his theories) more then anything. the soviets did a lot of work in this area. the particle beam described there was used not too long ago.
  14. caL

    caL Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 7, 2003 Messages: 2,056 Likes Received: 0
    someone ban this idiot allready
  15. TEARZ

    TEARZ Guest

    bump for those dominant pictures.