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10 crazy ideas of Nikola Tesla

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Nikola Tesla is considered a great, but notorious scientist. He can be called both a genius and a madman, but he cannot be denied an unconventional mind and a wonderful imagination. Tesla came up with thousands of ingenious inventions, but many of them, ultimately, were considered impractical or too dangerous.

The use of cosmic rays

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Tesla was fond of the idea of ​​free energy. According to his plan, free energy could be obtained from atomic energy or the energy of rays - this would provide almost endless resources with minimal costs. Most scientists consider the idea of ​​developing free energy a pseudoscience.

Tesla believed that if he could build a working machine to use this energy, the world would forever forget about energy problems. He believed that small particles constantly move around us faster than the speed of light, and if you build a machine that can capture these particles, then they can be converted into useful energy. He even received a patent for his idea, but in practice did not realize it.

Electrodynamic induction

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Despite the fact that Tesla was the pioneer of AC, he dreamed of a world without wires. He proposed the creation of a Worldwide Wireless System, based on the Tesla Tower, which broadcasts electricity to the whole world wirelessly. He proved the viability of the idea by demonstrating a light from a Tesla coil.

He built the Vordencliffe Tower in New York. Unfortunately, the project was cut off financing after the sponsor found out that Tesla wants to give out energy to everyone for free. If he was given the opportunity to bring the idea to life, then we could have a system of fully renewable energy, in addition to environmentally friendly.

The tower was eventually dismantled for scrap. And recently, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were able to light a bulb without wires from a distance of seven meters, thereby proving the correctness of Tesla.

Cold Fire

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Tesla suggested once and for all to refuse soap and water for washing. Of course, water and electricity are not friendly with each other, but microbes with electricity are at war even more than with water.

Under the influence of an anomaly known as "cold fire", the human body will be under the voltage of fast alternating current of 2.5 million volts. In this case, a person would have to stand on a metal plate. And it would look as if a person was shrouded in flame.

The method could be much more effective than traditional soap and water. Tesla also argued that this method is also a cure: it could warm a person, give him a boost of vivacity (and what else) and produce ozone. The project failed - no one sponsored it. The scientist in general was constantly unlucky for sponsors.


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Tesla intended to create a device for communication with aliens. He claimed that with the help of his tesloscope, he had several conversations with representatives of extraterrestrial intelligent life, but this was never verified by anyone.

In another way, the tesloscope can be used as a hyperspace generator: it converts the free energy of cosmic rays into energy that people can use. It can also transmit a tremendous amount of energy through space, regardless of distance.

Unfortunately, nobody seriously believed in Tesla’s communication with aliens - he had no evidence. But he continued to insist on his own.

Death ray

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Although many of Tesla’s inventions may seem dangerous, he himself hated war, so he spent a lot of time and effort working on the “death ray” - so he hoped to end all wars once and for all. The Death Ray worked as a particle accelerator, capable of firing a beam of powerful particles at a distance of over 250 km. Tesla argued that this way you can melt any engine and shoot down any plane. The creation of the accelerator needed only $ 2,000,000.

Investor D.P. Morgan refused to give the idea of ​​money. The governments also did not give money, despite all the arguments of the scientist. The Russian government, however, has shown some interest, and many rumors go around this - in particular, this is one of the versions of the Tunguska explosion.

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Edison was furious - his student himself conducts some experiments! He did everything possible to discredit Tesla with his invention, arguing that because of this people would burn at home and die. But this time, Tesla's ideas, fortunately, took root.

Weather control

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Tesla believed that the temperature on the planet can be controlled, and fertile lands can be created anywhere in the world simply by using certain radio waves to manipulate the Earth’s magnetic field in the ionosphere and create huge standing waves. Then, using the waves, it was supposed to manipulate the wind, and therefore the weather.

Tesla received many patents on his “weather” ideas and allegedly proved that what he was talking about worked. Fans of conspiracy theories believe that Tesla’s notes fell into the wrong hands and are now used by bad people to control the weather.

X-ray gun

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Tesla was fascinated by the discovery of Wilhelm Roentgen - x-ray radiation. He began to experiment with x-rays and even staged demonstrations for the audience.

Often, he conducted experiments with his friend Mark Twain - they tried using a directed launch of x-rays to damage the paper on the wall. Although in the end both the physicist and the writer recognized this method as impossible, they had fun.

Alternating current

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In 1882, Tesla moved to Paris and began to work for Thomas Edison. Edison recently developed the concept of direct current and believed that this would solve the problems of all mankind. True, the DC generator did not work properly, and Edison promised Tesla $ 50,000 if he solved this problem.

Tesla fulfilled his part of the deal - Darling Edison received several patents. But Tesla never saw the promised money. This forced him to leave Edison and establish his own company, where he began to work on alternating current, which had a number of significant advantages over direct current.

World lighting

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But what if it was possible to illuminate the whole world? Well, at least in the absence of darkness, the number of major disasters could be reduced. This is exactly what Tesla wanted to achieve when he began to develop a plan to cover the world. He wanted to use the luminescence of a rarefied gas - according to his ideas, certain particles of gas emit a glow when they are excited by energy.

Tesla planned to target ultraviolet rays into the upper atmosphere so that low-pressure particles began to illuminate the whole earth - a kind of artificial northern lights. However, no one supported Tesla's plans.

Tesla Oscillator

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Everything consists of atoms, and each atom begins to vibrate at a certain frequency. When the vibration frequency of a mechanical system corresponds to the vibration frequency of an atom, resonance occurs. An example is a suspension bridge over the Tacoma Strait: the bridge collapsed when it came into resonance with a relatively weak wind.

Tesla, taking note of this, created a tiny machine that could destroy a building. When he was experimenting with his invention, a strange noise was heard, and sparks began to fly around, and all the objects in his laboratory began to fly to one point - the car. Tesla smashed it with a hammer before the building collapsed.

When, for the sake of his jokes, they asked how to destroy the Empire State Building, he seriously answered that he needed his invention, appropriate air pressure and a little time to find the right vibration. The car was called an oscillator. By the way, Tesla believed that it has healing properties - unless, of course, you can configure it as it should.