The Cult of Nikola Tesla seems to reach a high conspiracy crescendo then dies down only to rise across the internet like a alternating sine wave.
Every new peak of the Nikola Tesla Cult coincides with every new paranoid flock that enters the conspiracy zone.
Donald Trump and The Cult of Nikola Tesla
Before the rumblings of empty tummies and hunger pains of the cheetos conspiratards drown out sanity, let’s be aware of well known facts.
Tesla died in January of 1943, during some of the darkest hours of World War II. The war was going badly, and the American government was more than a little willing to bend the rules.
The year before, nearly all Japanese Americans were imprisoned in an effort to prevent spying. So it wasn’t that big of a stretch for the government, having heard his claims of a Death Ray, to employ a statute enacted during World War I that enabled an Alien Property Custodian to seize all assets of any enemy during wartime — even though Tesla was an American citizen.
They entered his New York hotel room and seized all his documents, which was all that remained of his life’s work by that time. It wasn’t very much, as Tesla’s habit throughout his life was to keep plans in his head. It took the National Defense Research Committee’s expert, Dr. John G. Trump, only three days to issue the following report:
[Tesla’s] thoughts and efforts during at least the past 15 years were primarily of a speculative, philosophical, and somewhat promotional character often concerned with the production and wireless transmission of power; but did not include new, sound, workable principles or methods for realizing such results.
The hotel told them that Tesla had given them, as collateral in lieu of rent he could not afford, a piece of very dangerous equipment worth $10,000. Trump collected it and reported:
…A multidecade resistance box of the type used for a Wheatstone bridge resistance measurements — a common standard item found in every electric laboratory before the turn of the century.
So you know, before all the conspiracy webs are reweaved, this worn out well known fact may be new to some.
Trust me, I heard it all back in the 1980’s-1990’s when Donald Trump was becoming a big commercial developer and media celebrity.
John George Trump (August 21, 1907 – February 21, 1985) was an American electrical engineer, inventor, and physicist. He was a recipient of U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s National Medal of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Trump was noted for developing rotational radiation therapy.
Together with Robert J. Van de Graaff, he developed one of the first million-volt X-ray generators.
YES he was an uncle of presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Make no mistake, Trump’s relatives and siblings were and are some high IQ smart motherfuckers.
If you ask me, Tesla was a idiot.
He denied that radio propagated by transverse waves (alternating electromagnetic fields) and instead claimed that longitudinal waves (how sound travels by compression of air) were the mechanism.
Most of ‘his work’ on rotating fields had been lifted from the work of others.
He couldn’t explain mathematically what was going on, despite many of his contemporaries and predecessors having established mathematical models for most of the phenomenon he claimed to master.
Only an idiot could repeatedly squander fortunes and opportunities like he could.
Free Electric Power:
Many Tesla fans claim a conspiracy theory stopped Tesla from making “free” electric power distribution wirelessly.
First of all infrastructure is still needed and there is no way power will ever be “free”.
Wireless power distribution is not practical since it is extremely inefficient with huge losses over even a short distance.
The final killer of Tesla’s idea is the enormous danger of wireless power transmission for wildlife (birds) and damage to humans.
Given the big debate on danger of cellphones to humans, and cellphones contain very low power levels, you can only imagine the danger of high powered wireless transmission.
Tesla invented polyphase AC power, or some say AC power in general: FALSE.
There was a hand-cranked AC generator developed by Hippolyte Pixii in 1832. Single phase AC power was being used more in Europe by many inventors in the early 1880s. As early as the late 1870’s Germany had developed a crude 2 phase AC generator. Galileo Ferraris, a scientist in Italy started talking openly about polyphase AC in 1885, one year later Tesla approached investors with his version of an AC system but did not succeed in generating interest. Ferraris also inspired Thomson at Thomson-Houston and engineers at Westinghouse to investigate the system how ever there was little confidence among investors in AC power at the time.
From a world perspective there were many people working on AC systems over the next few years.
August Haselwander and C.S. Bradley(a former Edison employee) created the first 3 phase AC generators(1887).
Mikhail Dolivo-Dobrovolsky built the first full 3 phase AC generation and distribution system in the 1888-1891 period.
Tesla to his credit was able to inspire Westinghouse to jump into AC, but very quickly Tesla’s two-phase system was made obsolete by three phase systems which could more efficiently send power farther.
The fact is that like today there are many people working on cutting edge technology and if Tesla had not gotten Westinghouse’s attention in 1888, Westinghouse would have bought patents from others.
Tesla invented the transformer: FALSE.
The Ganz company in Budapest was the first to create and use transformers in AC systems in the late 1870s. Tesla was still in school then and hadn’t even began his first job in the field of telephony. His first job was in Budapest in 1880, this is where he possibly observed/stole ideas, and was convinced by the Hungarians that AC was viable and worth pursuing while the West was still 5 years behind.
Tesla invented the induction coil: FALSE. Absolutely false..
Tesla invented the loudspeaker: FALSE.
Tesla invented radar in 1917: FALSE.
Tesla invented the fluorescent lamp: FALSE.
Tesla invented microwave transmitters: FALSE.
The 1895 Niagara Falls Hydropower Plant was the first commercial AC hydro power plant: FALSE.
This is absolutely false. AC power sites were developed first in Europe from 1878-1885. After 1885 Westinghouse hired Stanley, Oliver Shallenberger, Benjamin Lamme, and others to build AC power systems in North America. Tesla didn’t join Westinghouse until 1888.
Tesla was the underdog who did not promote himself: FALSE.
Back in the late 1800’s the conflict for AC vs. DC was Tesla vs. Edison, or Westinghouse vs. General Electric: FALSE.
Who invented the polyphase electric motor?:
Tesla was first to patent the 3 phase AC motor in the USA 1888, but read on: Galileo Ferraris had come up with the same design months before in Italy, and Ferraris had talked about the motor as early as 1885.
Ferraris was a university professor with no interest in making money from the invention.
We know that Tesla was extremely intelligent and was able to memorize entire books after reading them.
It is entirely possible that Tesla had obtained a copy of Ferraris’s publication to the Royal Academy of Sciences in Turin and was able to understand Ferraris’s design.
He would be able to copy and clarify the design on paper and submit that to the patent office with the help of Tesla’s well-paid team of lawyers.
If this was the case than it is just another case of how businessmen with their well paid lawyers have crushed an academic person’s claim on being the first.
History was almost rewritten here but documents have proven Galileo’s claim.
Tesla had no evidence to support his self-made claim that he envisioned the motor in 1882.
In addition to this Mr. Ferraris had a track record of being an innovator in the greatest events of European AC development in the early 1880’s.
Tesla had limited experience in AC and was not picked up by Westinghouse until 1888, after his claim of inventing a poly phase motor.