The man who controlled the earth
"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration." ~Nikola Tesla
Many people know Nicola Tesla for his work in the field of electricity. He was the one who invented the alternating current system that brought power to homes and businesses all over America, but there is more to this genius than meets the eye.
Nikola Tesla was also a man obsessed with controlling the earth's natural elements - especially earthquakes!
The inventor wanted to harness their power and use it as an energy source for humankind. With this article, you will learn how he tried (and succeeded!) at his ambitious goal.
The man who wanted to move the earth
The genius of Tesla was without dispute.
"I am now planning aerial machines far more powerful than any ever constructed before," he wrote in Electrical World and Engineer magazine at the time, according to Gizmodo.
"My purpose is to carry out experiments which will not only revolutionize the electric art but will be of incalculable industrial value and benefit.
I wish to create by actual experiment a wireless power that can be conveyed in any desired amount to any place."
He claimed he could generate up to 100 million volts of electricity — enough energy "to light the entire heavens," according to a biography written by Tesla's friend, John J. O'Neill in 1944.
"It is not an impossible undertaking," he continued in the New York Times article from 1898, which was recently unearthed and reprinted by Open Minds magazine.
"I am confident that I will be able successfully to attain this important result."
It's worth noting that Tesla was the predecessor of Marconi, who is credited with inventing the radio. The Italian inventor got his patent before Tesla ever filed for one on this idea, so he has been overshadowed by history makers like Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.
"The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result," wrote Nikola Tesla, according to Open Culture. "He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way."
Tesla's earthquake machine
As early as 1898, Nicola Tesla suggested that he could induce large-scale disturbances with small devices.
The inventor planned on using an electromagnet powered by an atomic energy plant to create a resonant frequency that would shake up the earth.
He had planned on sending electrical waves into the ground which would cause tiny earthquakes, "The rhythmical vibrations pass through the Earth with almost no loss of energy," he wrote in The New York Times. "It becomes possible to convey mechanical effects from one point of the globe to any other point."
Tesla envisioned a future where this heavy machinery could be moved by wireless waves, "Thus we may produce at will from a sending station an effect in any particular region of the globe," he wrote. "The apparatus for producing this phenomenon is simple and can be carried about by anyone."
Tesla later explained this principle to reporter Allan L. Besnson, who published in February 1912 an article about Tesla's resonator in The World Today magazine:
"He put his little vibrator in his coat pocket and went out to hunt a half-erected steel building. Down in the Wall Street district, he found one, ten stories of steel framework without a brick or a stone laid around it. He clamped the vibrator to one of the beams and fussed with the adjustment until he got it.
Tesla said finally the structure began to creak and weave and the steel-workers came to the ground panic-stricken, believing that there had been an earthquake.
The police were called out. Tesla put the vibrator in his pocket and went away. Ten minutes more and he could have laid the building in the street. And, with the same vibrator, he could have dropped the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River in less than an hour."
Nicola Tesla was an inventor with a vision for the future
He predicted that one day, wireless power could be conveyed to any place in the world without wires and his earthquake machine may have been just what he needed to prove himself right.
It's only recently that scientists have begun to take Tesla seriously, but his experiments on the Earth show just how ambitious he really was!