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The development of a museum dedicated to the life and works Nikola Tesla has moved one step closer after an online campaign raised more than $500,000 in 48 hours.
The fundraising effort, called “Let’s build a goddamn Tesla museum“, was devised by web comic The Oatmeal on behalf of the Tesla Science Center.
It is hoping is hoping to raise $850,000 from its appeal on the money-raising website Indiegogo.
The money would allow for the redevelopment of Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, New York, where the cult scientist intended to develop a tower that would provide free wireless electricity across the world.
It won't. Tesla's scheme to transmit electricity through the Earth was hopelessly inefficient.
Would someone care to explain to me how wireless energy is going to overcome the spherical nature of the planet?
Without Tesla nearly every modern accommodation we enjoy today would not have been possible. Tv, radar, radio, bla bla bla.
For more than eighteen years I have been reading treatises, reports of scientific transactions, and articles on Hertz-wave telegraphy, to keep myself informed, but they have always imprest me like works of fiction.
The Hertz wave theory of wireless transmission may be kept up for a while, but I do not hesitate to say that in a short time it will be recognized as one of the most remarkable and inexplicable aberrations of the scientific mind which has ever been recorded in history.
Originally posted by Phage
Just how that electricity would be "free" is a tough one to figure out too. Tesla's idea was a transmission system, not a production system.
So, what else you know about this guy that might warrant a museum? I know there's lots of ideas he had- are there any you find intriguing?
Then transmit the power wirelessly for people to use freely, when the investor (whose name alludes me at this time, JP Morgan I believe) found out that there would be no way to charge for the power he quickly dropped funding.