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Re: Tesla's Myth question
Original poster: "davep by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <davep-at-quik-dot-com>
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "Terry Fritz" <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>
> Hi Ed and All,
> Teresa asked an honest question and deserved an honest answer...
She got them. near as i can see.
> It was Tesla's intention to transmit power while developing the Tesla coils
> we all enjoy now.
Perhaps his intention was fundamentally not practical.
> Although I am sure he enjoyed the big sparks as much as
> we do, that really was not his goal. Power transmission and the Tesla
> coils we know today will always be linked together. I am sure Tesla would
> be disappointed that (for whatever reason) his world power system never
> came into being. However, we have, at least, found a very successful use
> for his work as we all wildly build coils for the purpose of making cool
> Ed's simple statement "Over the past century no one seems to have been able
> to do so successfully" pretty much sums it all up. We put men on the moon,
> robots on Mars, made weapons that can kill us all 1000 times over, can do
> all the calculations Tesla did in his life in a few milliseconds on our
> desk top, make high voltage capacitors out of mud ;-)... But power
> transmission with Tesla coils is no closer now than 100 years ago. People
> have tried really hard and gone to extraordinary lengths to try to get it
> to work, but they just have never found anything... As knowledge increases
> in this area, it seems this goal just gets further and further away...
Perhaps it's not practical.
> This topic of world power transmission has "historical" interest but today
> it just does not seem to have "practical" interest. If one want's to
> transmit energy with a coil we can get it to go a few feet but the
> principles involved are not even close to what Tesla had proposed.
....which is roughly what Tesla achieved. A few feet.
(10s of...). cf the Colorado Springs Notes. Perhaps the
proposals were in error.
> I know some are disappointed that the Tesla list does not support the power
> transmission subjects more.
It's real easy to start a mailing list, on any of several servers.
> We seem to have so many answers when it comes to building Tesla coils,
> but we seem to be useless and can only offer "talk" on power
> transmission. Not because we are trying so hard to hide or
> suppress any thing but simply because we really don't have that much truly
> new practical information to add to the tome of what has already been said
> over and over before.
Perhaps, as 'we' have learned more than Tesla knew, it has been
found that the proposal was not doable.
> As one looks through the archives, we could fill a number of books on all
> the practical coil building information in there. However, when it comes
> to world power transmission with Tesla coils, all we can really say is
> "Over the past century, no one seems to have been able to do so
Or we could say:
Many have tried & demonstrated good, solid reasons why
it's not possible.
As true an assertion, probably more so. Many people in 1900
believed many things which are now known not to be so.
> Thus, the Tesla list is geared toward doing what it does best. Providing
> help and practical information on how to build better Tesla coils.