Nikola Tesla: The Scottish Connection


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Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors of the 19th and 20th centuries, is in your house right now. Look to your radio, electricity socket, internet, Bluetooth device, mobile phone or microwave and you will see little bits of Tesla operating away in the background.

Among many other things, Tesla invented a method of transferring electrical power through the air. The details of this particular invention are rather hazy but he was almost certainly suggesting a way to recharge an electrical device remotely. Without wires. 

If Tesla knew just how many of us were using cumbersome chargers, trailing wires and plugs larger than the mobile phone they are attached to, he would be spinning head over heels in his grave. Using his technology, a mobile phone user could simply sit their device on the desk next to their computer and have it remotely recharged. It could be moved, used and fiddled with but would remain switched into a virtual remote recharge. We can assume that Tesla could power a device as small as a mobile phone since his own goal was to recharge – remotely - enormous electrical devices such as aeroplanes in the sky, or entire cities.

He claimed to have built a device which could split the earth in two. Another instrument, he asserted, could control the weather and bring forth lightning storms and earthquakes. He would later claim to have invented a ray gun (which could take out aeroplanes or missiles or, as Tesla saw it, end all wars). He conceived of a global communication wireless network more than a century before wireless internet found its way into our homes and hands.

He built two towers to make this happen. One was at Wardenclyffe.

The other was supposed to be in Scotland.