Mr. Tesla's Announcements

Friday, June 1, 1900
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312 THE CENTURY MAGAZINE. JUNE 1900 Mr. Tes\u's Announcements. IT is well known that for many years Mr. Tesla has been addressing himself to the largest prob- lems connected with the increase of human energy by electrical means, and in the eyes of the great number of eager investigators in the general field of electricity this fact will give piquancy to the im- portant narrative of his work which he contributes to the present number of Tna CENTURY. Happily, the paper is addressed also to the comprehension of the untechnical reader, who will End some of the ideas and results there set forth little short of the incredible. In general, much that must seem speculative to the layman can take its proper place only in the purview of the scientist, who knows what a part the imagination has played both as a forerunner and as a stimulus of discovery. In Sir Isaac Newton’s day no doubt there were wiseacres who would have considered that emi- nent “dreamer" much more worthy of their re- spect if the fall of the historic apple had suggested to him not a mere trifle like the law of gravita- JUNE 1900 OPEN LETTERS. 313 tion, but some new and important device in cider- mills. The dullest observer is not likely to blink the practical bearings of Mr. Tesla’s paper on manufactures, mining, invention, agriculture, commerce, transportation, war-in short, on modern life itself. For the general reader, Mr. Tesla does what he confesses the author of “The Intellectual Develop- ment of Europe " did for hini-namely, presents a new and never-to-be-forgotten conception of hu- manity moving as a mass. To follow his vivid introduction is like looking down from a great height and seeing familiar and new regions in their true relationship. It begets the feeling of being a spectator at the progress of the world, of listen- ing to the grandest of symphonies. It awakens in one a ne\v interest in his fellow-men 'and a sobering and devout sense of his relation to the universe, helping him to realize the poets vision: One God, one law, one element, And one fur-off divine event, To which the whole creation moves.