Scientific Problems, Progress And Prophecy: Tesla's Latest Discovery - From Electrical Review

Thursday, December 1, 1898
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December 1898 SCIENTIFIC PROBLEMS, P ROGRESS AND PROPI-IECY haI|'q Luna! Dlumuuy ,.....,........................... Electrical lluulua As civilization advances and our needs multiply, the demands on the toilers in the various depart- ments oi science constantly increase, and naturally the activity in the direction of providing new re- sources becomes more and more intense. But the severest burden is undoubtedly on the engineer, mechanic or inventor, whose task it is to produce motive power. The problem 'of providing eco- nomical power has ever taxed the inventive mind, and with the introduction of electricity a great stride in advance has been effected. But still, many limitations were encountered in the difficulties of eiiiciently transmitting the energy of great sources of power, which exist in abundance in Nature, to remote places of utilization. Here it is that Nikola Tesla did his first great work by discovering the rotating magnetic Field, and applying it to a prac- tical system of electric power transmission, now used in all parts of the world. As we were then, so now we are privileged to record another forward step, which, if successful on a large scale, will prove of astounding consequences, for it will open up un- limited resources oi practically costless power. Tesla now proposes to transmit, without the use of any wires, through the natural media-the earth and the air-great amounts of power to distances of thousands of miles, This will appear a dream-a tale from the Arabian Nights. But the extraordi- nary discoveries Tesla has made during a number of years of incessant labor, make it evident that his work in this field has passed the stage of mere laboratory experiment, and is ready for a practical test on an industrial scale. The success of his ef- forts means that power from such sources as Niagara will become available in any part of the world regardless of distance. 50