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[_] Wireless Power

stefan burt at
Thu Nov 16 17:34:03 GMT 2006

wow that's quite a story it would definitely make an interesting but
yet depressing film!

I've heard Tesla makes a small appearance in the film "The Prestige"
which looks really cool, but I'm hoping its not all hype like the
Borat film which was a bit of let down.


On 11/16/06, Christian Wach <needle at> wrote:

> On 16 Nov 2006, at 15:24, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
> >> "Nineteenth-century physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla
> >> experimented with long-range wireless energy transfer, but his
> >> most ambitious
> >> attempt - the 29m high aerial known as Wardenclyffe Tower, in New
> >> York - failed when he ran out of money."
> >>
> >> Well, that's one way of putting it. As I remember the story,
> >> George Westinghouse asked Tesla how they were going to meter
> >> people's usage of power from the transmitter and Tesla replied
> >> that they couldn't. Westinghouse immediately pulled the plug on
> >> the project.
> >
> >
> Okay, I must be getting old and forgetful. J P Morgan, not George
> Westinghouse.
> "Tesla wanted to electrify the entire surface of the earth using the
> Ionosphere to transmit electricity. Everyone around the world would
> be able to light bulbs and power electrical equipment by connecting
> wires to the ground. J P Morgan, the financier of Wardenclyffe Tower
> discontinued the finances after Morgan could not figure out how to
> profit from this transmission of electricity around the globe."
> Warning: includes photos of man with gold medallion obscuring the the
> view of various exhibits at the Smithsonian.
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