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In Colorado I succeeded one day in precipitating a dense fog. There was a mist outside, but when I turned on the current the cloud in the laboratory became so dense that when the hand was held only a few inches from the face it could not be seen. I am positive in my conviction that we can erect a plant of proper design in an arid region, work it according to certain observations and rules, and by its means draw from the ocean unlimited amounts of water for irrigation and power purposes. . . . -- PRESENTATION OF THE EDISON MEDAL TO NIKOLA TESLA, MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS, HELD AT THE ENGINEERING SOCIETIES BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 18, 1917.
Every human effort
must of necessity create a disturbance. What difference is there
in essence, between the commotion produced by any revolutionary idea or
improvement and that of a wireless transmitter? The spectre of interference has been conjured by Hertzwave
or radio telegraphy in which attunement is absolutely impossible, simply
because the effect diminishes rapidly with distance. But to
my system of energy transmission, based on the use of impulses not
sensibly diminishing with distance, perfect attunement and the higher
artifice of individualization are practicable.
As ever, the
ghost will vanish with the wireless dawn. --
POSSIBILITIES OF WIRELESS, New York Times,
October 22, 1907.
Thank you for visiting the 21st Century Books website, an online Tesla information resource. Use the Site Map 'table of contents' page for ease of navigation. For your reading enjoyment go to the Selected Tesla Writings section, including the complete texts of Tesla's autobiography MY INVENTIONS and also "THE PROBLEM OF INCREASING HUMAN ENERGY, first appearing in the June 1900 Century Magazine. Written shortly after his return from Colorado, this second piece describes Tesla's vision of mankind's technological future. The Newsletter section contains articles about Tesla and his work drawn from the TFCB FEEDLINE newsletter, including A Brief History of Precision Guided Weapons. You might like the Tesla Q&A that contains many interesting facts about this creative individual. A section called Nikola Tesla Correspondence uses letters and other documents from the Library of Congress Manuscript Division Microfilms of Nikola Tesla Correspondence to reveal hidden biographical insights. The Glossary is a guide to some technical terms you'll encounter while learning about Tesla's engineering legacy.
21st Century Books is also an online mail-order bookstore specializing in titles related to this visionary inventor. Browse through the Complete Book List page where you'll find all of our Tesla-related titles organized in a single place. Some recent additions to our catalog are Scalar Waves, Scalar Wave Technology and the DVD video presentation Power Engineering Scalar Field Theory : Faraday vs. Maxwell and a longitudinal wave demonstration, all by Konstantin Meyl. Another recently added title is The Ultimate Tesla Coil Design and Construction Guide by Mitch Tilbury. And, read the Preface, Introduction, Section IV. "Apparatus for Transformation by Condenser Discharges; Damped Waves" and the "Wardenclyffe Foreclosure Proceedings" transcript from Nikola Tesla On His Work With Alternating Currents and Their Application to Wireless Telegraphy, Telephony and Transmission of Power.
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Introduction to Tesla's Ground and Air System for Wireless
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