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Tesla (tès´le), Nikola
Serbian-born American electrical
engineer and physicist who discovered the principles of alternating
current (1881) and invented numerous devices and procedures that
were seminal to the development of radio and the harnessing of electricity.
Cyberspace as described by William
Gibson in _Neuromancer
(1984) was prefigured in Nikola Tesla's 1901 plan for
a world system of totally interconnected, planetary communications. He
believed he could engineer a globe unified by the universal regulation
of time and fully traversed by flows of language,
images, and money-all reduced to an undifferentiated flux
of electrical energy.
Chris Case - _Mondo 2000_ (1990)
Tesla also invented:
- radio (not Marconi)
- palindrome: "I,
madam. I made radio! So I dared! Am I mad? Am I?"
- X-rays (not Roentgen)
- vacuum tube amplifier (not Forest)
- flourescent bulb
- neon lights
- automobile ignition system
- electron microscope
- microwave oven
- he spoke six languages
- Nikola Tesla was a vegetarian.
- Tesla ended up saving Thomas Edison $100,000
(millions in that day). Edison refused to live up to the verbal
contract and did not pay Tesla for his help.
- he designed the first hydroelectric plant
- Edison tried to discredit Tesla by staging
demonstrations by electrocuting prisoners with a
death sentence using AC.
- when Westinghouse got into financial trouble
because Tesla's royalties were running into the millions, Tesla ripped
up the contract and sold his patents for a flat fee.
- Tesla demonstrated the first remote controlled
boats in 1898 at Madison Square Garden.
- Tesla envisioned a wireless broadcasting system
of video, radio and electricity.
- early experimental electronic track _Wireless
Fantasy_ MP3 (256k) by Vladimir Ussachevsky off of _Ohm:
The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music 1948-1980_ CDx3
- his 1901 patented experiments with cryogenic
liquids and electricity provide the foundation for modern
- alternating current
system - which brought electricity to the masses and laid down
the foundation for the global gaia network
- he talked about experiments that suggested
particles with fractional charges of an electron - something that
scientists finally discovered in 1977 as quarks.
witnessed a demonstration of a Tesla Coil in action at Burning
"Even in the fields most successfully exploited, the ground has only been
broken. What has been so far done by electricity is nothing as compared to
what the future has in store. It is paradoxical yet true to say that the
more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is
only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations.
Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution
is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects." - Nikola
"Of all the frictional
resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance,
what Buddha called "the greatest evil in the world." The friction
which results from ignorance can be reduced only by the spread of
knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of
humanity. No effort could be better spent." - Nikola Tesla
"Universal peace as a result
of cumulative effort through centuries past might come into existence
quickly - not unlike a crystal that suddenly forms in a solution which
has been slowly prepared. - Nikola Tesla
"The chief cause of war is the vast extent of this
planet. The gradual annihilation of distance will put human beings in
closer contact and harmonize their views and
aspirations." - Nikola Tesla
"Can Man control [the]
grandest, most awe inspiring of all processes in
nature?....If he could do this, he would have powers almost unlimited
and supernatural....He could cause planets
to collide and produce his suns and stars, his
heat and light. He could originate and
develop life in all its infinite
forms....[Such powers] would place him beside his creator, make him
fulfill his ultimate destiny." - Nikola Tesla
"My wireless transmitter does
not use Hertzian waves, which are a grievous myth, but sound waves
in theaether..." -- Nikola Tesla
- indie electronic IDM track _Tesla_ MP3 (music video) by Tarwater off of _Dwellers On The Threshold_
12" on Kitty-Yo (2002)
- lyric: "it's not easy, being a god"
- Tesla - 80's metal band
- track _Tesla_ MP3 by Jimi
Tenor off of _Intervision_ CD
- video documentary _Tesla: The Genius Who Lit
The World_ (vhs/ntsc)
- featured in _Spectres Of The Spectrum_
(vhs/ntsc)(1999) directed by Craig
_The Influence Of
Vedic Philosophy On Nikola Tesla_
Tesla Coil, Copper Pyramid, and
What are the underlying ideas behind the LP?
Electricity and Drugs.
Energies. We started off with the LP three years ago and had the idea
of doing a sort of decadent early electronics cabaret album, like
Tesla - the inventor, would have done in Berlin. A weird idea. It
started like that and evolved.
- John Balance of Coil
re: _Love's Secret Domain_ LP
track _Powerline_ by Hüsker
Dü off of _New Day Rising_ 12"on SST (1985)
humming in my head
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was it something that someone
it's connecting us with them
turned on again
it aggravates and it
hear the power in the lines
strung high on every pole
how can this power be
bought and sold?
trying to harness solar
making minutes seem like
it captivates and it
hear the power in the lines