Against the Day Weblog

November 21, 2006

Tesla Coil Fun

Filed under: General — basileios @ 8:32 am

I was ‘blessed’ during my Ph.D. years to have met a guy who owned a Tesla coil. Witnessing these beasts from proximity is a rather unforgettable experience. As Nicola Tesla the Serb physisist and inventor (and Edison’s bête noire) allegedly plays an important part in Against the Day I somehow have this image of Thomas Pynchon being in the audience of a public demonstration of a Tesla coil (they are often done in schools by enthusiasts).

Although the sound, the smell and the power aren’t available some fabulous photos of a Tesla Coil in action can be found in Mike’s electricity stuff and here’s also a video of a rather large tesla coil blasting a few thousands Volts to nearby objects.

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3 Comments »

  1. On a side note my son lives in a dorm in NYC that was once the hotel home of Tesla (35 5th Ave). It’s interesting that they had an electrical fire in Tesla’s old room (now a laundry room sadly). My first thought was they were using his original wiring and undoubtedly a Tesla Coil malfunction might have been the culprit.

    Can anyone elaborate on Tesla’s Colorado days? Is it scientifically possible to harnass and deliver electricity via the airways? Was Tesla’s experiment in fact undermined by the monied powers that be?

    Comment by ShakespearesChimp — January 16, 2007 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  2. The answer to the energy transfer is a complex ‘no’. Energy is transfered via the E/M waves but Tesla’s plan to draw energy out of the ionosphere and transfer massive amounts of electric power via these waves is simply not feasible without huge problems (like the ones that Tesla encountered as well).

    Comment by basileios — January 16, 2007 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

  3. There is a theory (referred to in ATD briefly) that the Tungsta Event was a shot gone awry from a Tesla experiment.

    It makes sense that the invisible powers would frown on an energy transfer system received from the airways. It would likely be as easy to cheat on as using a bogus cable box.

    So scientifically speaking the Tesla transfer system is impossible or just difficult? I’d love to think this unexpected approach had a shot at being reconsidered seriously.

    I suppose science shouldn’t be offered an exemption from human greed but googling the subject indicates the competition really was carniverous.

    Comment by ShakespearesChimp — January 16, 2007 @ 10:49 pm | Reply


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