There are two sides to the human drama when it comes to the life of Nikola Tesla.
There is the side that is decidedly scholarly and academic with his innovative inventions that revolutionized the world...and then there is the opposite side of the coin, which is more provisional and includes the theory that the East European immigrant to the United States was possibly born on another planet and left on the doorstep of a family here, and that his discoveries were so far ahead of their time that upon his death his papers were gathered up and smuggled off by some super secret agency to a hidden location so that they could not be confiscated by Cold War enemies.
Far right photograph of Nikola Tesla in the lobby of a Hotel New York 1934
Nikola Tesla’s name should be legend, and his legacy of inventiveness should be known to grownups and children of all ages. He stands as a monument to what a single human can create over a lifetime, but he has been misused and denied, even vilified by those who seek to repress the world’s greatest inventor’s deserved accolades for bringing mankind into the 20th century equipped with the tools necessary for a life made much easier through technology. More technological advances have been made in the last 200 years than ever before in recorded history as we know it, and it was Nikola Tesla who led the way with so many original inventions that we presently take for granted. But we don’t hear about Tesla in the public schools, and the mainstream media rarely acknowledges that he even existed.
In spite of those injustices, there still exists a die-hard core group of Tesla enthusiasts, people who take the time to explore what is known about this genius of humble origins and what he truly accomplished in his lifetime. For that admittedly specialized audience, Timothy Green Beckley’s Global Communications/Inner Light publishing company has just released a new assemblage titled “The Experiments, Inventions, Writings and Patents of Nikola Tesla,” originally published in a time when Tesla was making his early reputation as part of the revolutionary New Wave of electrical engineering inventors.
Beckley’s new 500 PAGE, LARGE FORMATTED SPECIAL EDITION draws on the work of another electrical engineer, the British-born Thomas Commerford Martin, who sings the praises of Tesla while compiling the actual patents registered in Tesla’s name for groundbreaking electric motors and other machines the world would quickly become dependent on.
In his introduction, Beckley provides a very abbreviated biography of this historic figure, pointing out that Tesla “actually discovered Alternating Current, produced the first electrical motor, invented the radio (he preceded Marconi by several years) and the arc light, broadcast the first television signals and even created an artificial earthquake that virtually rocked Manhattan. The device – which shook buildings and shattered windows for miles – was an apparatus so small that it could be placed in a person’s pocket. Later, before his passing, Tesla stated that this device was so powerful he hoped it could prevent another World War.”
In unveiling this massive tribute to Tesla, the book’s editor also adds this interesting aside: there are some who believe that Tesla’s patents have secret codes hidden within them, so if you feel you have “cracked the code,” by all means let him know! Beckley, it should be emphasized, was way ahead of his time in his praise for the man he says was definitely “out of place in his time.” When he published his first work on Tesla in the 1970s, Beckley points out that there was hardly anything in print on Tesla’s amazing life and his radical inventions. Today, there are numerous works one can reference, though Beckley maintains that the books issued by his publishing outfit go that “extra mile” in presenting the inside story of this controversial figure.
After Beckley’s introduction, the book moves on to an article by Nikola Tesla himself, published in the “New York American” on February 7, 1915, in which Tesla discusses some of the philosophical ideas that were a driving force for his work. The article is called “How Cosmic Forces Shape Our Destinies.”
“Every living being is an engine,” Tesla writes, “geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surroundings, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance. There is no constellation or nebula, no sun or planet, in all the depths of limitless space, no passing wanderer of the starry heavens, that does not exercise some control over its destiny – not in the vague and delusive sense of astrology, but in the rigid and positive meaning of physical science.
“More than this can be said,” Tesla goes on. “There is no thing endowed with life – from man, who is enslaving the elements, to the humblest creature – in all this world that does not sway in turn. Whenever action is born from force, though it be infinitesimal, the cosmic balance is upset and universal motion results.”
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