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Cordell Taylor

Professor Howard Lytle

RHET 1312

There is much controversy surrounding inventor Nikola Tesla. His

name is often associated with myths and conspiracy theories. He is most
well known for his invention of the alternating current motor, one of the
hundreds of things he is credited for. Held in extremely high regard by his
admirers, many believe that much of his technology has been suppressed
by governments or wealthy investors. On the other hand, there are those
who think Tesla is entirely overrated. That he was nothing but a mere
showman promoting his own self interest, possibly even stealing ideas from
others. They argue that there were no coverups of his advanced
technology, but that it was nonexistent, or impossible to begin with. Many
credible sources and experts are in support of either side of this argument.
Both have access to the same information, yet arrive at opposing
conclusions. Because of this, we must rely heavily on probability and
inductive reasoning to decide whether Tesla is over credited, or deserving of
much more praise for his intelligence and discoveries.

Those in support of Tesla generally take it for granted that he is the

inventor of the alternating current and induction motors, neon lamps,
remote control, et cetera. These inventions are a part of our daily lives, and
have been attributed to Tesla since their early appearances. It does not
cross the minds of most advocates to question these seemingly well
established facts. The existence and feasibility of Tesla's advanced
technology, however, is much more controversial, and reasonable amount of
research is necessary here, before a legitimate position on the matter can
be obtained. Assertions made evidencing the existence of this technology
are well influenced; it is not assumed to be common knowledge that Tesla
invented wireless electricity, or a Death Ray. In addition to supporting
evidence, this argument relies enormously on how Tesla himself was as a
person. From this perspective, Tesla's inventions and his character are 2
sides of the same coin. He is portrayed as an incredible genius, nearly
godlike, who bestowed practically alien technology on mankind.

Antagonists at Edison Tech Center argue that Tesla is not the true
inventor of a number of his inventions, and that he may have even stolen
many ideas from other inventors. In this light Tesla is more of a scam artist
and a fraud than a renowned engineer. The majority of this argument relies
on dates and patents, making it very credible and easy to prove or
disprove. It seems to easily prevail over what is commonly thought to be

true. However, confidence in these assertions spawn ignorance when

debating the hidden inventions relied upon by protagonists, and evidence
stemmed from here is sparsely considered by this party. Experts declare
this technology to be either nonexistent, or completely infeasible, offering
enough comfort for the anti-Tesla group to be confident in their conclusion:
Tesla was a showman, and his fame, based on wild conspiracy theories, is ill

The claims made by Edison Tech Center are largely propaganda, and
many logical fallacies can be detected. For example, the attack of Tesla did
not invent the transformer, although true, is a strawman fallacy. It is
assumed that because of his construction of a new, unique transformer (the
Tesla Coil), that he is credited with the invention of the transformer in
general. Most supporters do not hold this to be true at all. The majority of
these claims are similar, arguing that Tesla did not invent X, when this has
already been established. Still, it should be noted that, in all of these cases,
he drastically improved the original concept/design, so that it was nearly a
thing brand new. In a less technical perspective, these inventions do belong
to Tesla, because, although previously experimented with, Tesla
reconstructed everything from scratch. It is equal to denying the ingenuity
of the Ancient Chinese, stating: but they didnt invent the wall. The only
claim presented, that is somewhat valid, is shocking: that Tesla did not
invent alternating current. Surprisingly, although Tesla is readily credited

with the invention, this is very true. Alternating current motors were utilized
before Tesla was even born, albeit for miniscule and experimental medical
purposes. Once again, the reason this is attributed to Tesla is because his
design was the first to make AC practical, or even thinkable, for the
transmission of any substantial amount of power.

Ironically, it happens to be known that many of Tesla's inventions

may well have been credited to others. Tesla cared little about receiving
credit for what he had accomplished. For example, the invention of radio is
generally attributed to Marconi. Marconi used 17 of Tesla's patents to
telegraph the letter S across the Atlantic, and received the Nobel Prize for
this feat. To avoid conflict, Tesla destroyed his patents, and was not
recognized as the inventor of radio until a Supreme Court ruling 6 months
after his death. There are similar events surrounding the invention of x-rays
and RADAR, also used by Edison Tech to discredit Tesla. It becomes
apparent that Tesla cared little about fame, or who got credit for what, but
was obsessed with invention and the future of mankind.
Despite the claims of many experts that Tesla's ideas of wireless
energy are infeasible, Aleksandar Marincic explains that this could simply be
due to a lack of understanding, and that it may be completely possible.
Tesla's methods were not traditional by any means, as he was known to
memorize entire books, and preform his experiments completely within his
mind, considering physical experimentation a waste of time and resources.

He only carried these out when deemed necessary to receive a patent.

Because of this, wireless electricity as envisioned by Tesla may well be
practical, and only judged otherwise due to a lack of detailed diagrams(he
did not construct many, and much of what he did draw was destroyed in a
fire). Marincic points out that while we cannot reconstruct Tesla's wireless
systems in a way that proves them practical, even modern experiments
with extremely low frequencies continuously result exactly as predicted by
Tesla. Quite simply, we cannot understand Tesla's ideas from the past, but
Tesla understood what he was doing well enough to predict modern day
technology. Only a month ago, Energous corporation announced a new
router that charges devices wirelessly, up to 15 feet away. Unaware of this
fact, experts still think the idea to be infeasible. This makes it likely that
everything Tesla said was true. Edison Tech Center tries an alternate
approach, by claiming that it is infeasible simply because it is too
dangerous: Given the big debate on danger of cellphones to humans, and cellphones
contain very low power levels, you can only imagine the danger of high powered wireless
transmission. If this were true, Tesla would have seen the effects of this danger before anyone
else. He was constantly within close proximity to his enormous transformers, outputting
millions of volts. There are even photographs of him reading books, right next to the electric
discharge. Tesla lived well into his 80's, in optimal health, even asserting that dosages of
electric charge had many health benefits.
In an attempt to leave his mark on the world before his death in
1943, Tesla claimed to have invented a Death Ray, wanting to be
remembered as the man who ended all wars. Called Teleforce by Tesla, this

device was so powerful that it could bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy
airplanes at a distance of 250 miles from a defending nation's border and
will cause armies to drop dead in their tracks. (New York Times)The idea
was to make invasion impossible, thus putting an end to warfare. Those
against Tesla laugh at this ridiculous claim, confident that it is simply a wild
conspiracy theory with no connection to reality. Even in Tesla's day, this
astonishing invention was never utilized, because it seemed too good to be
true(this is during world war 1), and no nation would pay for its production.
After Tesla's death however, his writings and blueprints concerning this
invention were immediately confiscated by the FBI. Testing followed
immediately, with the Beam Experiments Aboard Rocket (BEAR) project,
conducted by the Department of Defense, being the most notable example.
Whether or not this weapon has been constructed in a way to be as
powerful as Tesla envisioned is not known to the public, but it is clear that
this device exists, that it works, and that we now understand the principals
that make it work. It was essentially a particle accelerator(think Large
Hadron Collider), but one that fired macroscopic particles of Mercury,
instead of tiny, subatomic particles. The explosion at Tunguska, though
without solid evidence of Tesla, should be taken into consideration. It is
documented that on the morning of June 30th, 1908, Tesla was testing this
weapon, firing it in the direction of Tunguska. At the same time, nearly 800
square miles of Tunguska forest was completely flattened, in an explosion
with the force of 1,000 Hiroshima's. It is completely unknown what caused

this explosion, and is speculated to have been a meteor, although there is

no impact crater. The odds that a meteor flattened this amount of land, at
the precise time Tesla fired his beam, and in exactly the right location, are
literally astronomical, and it is completely reasonable to assume this was
the work of Tesla. After the blast, Tesla immediately dismantled the
weapon, because it was simply much too dangerous to end up in the wrong
hands. He made sure the government had their work cut out for them in
trying to reconstruct this weapon.
What it boils down to is that Tesla is credible, and deserves much
more recognition than is given to him. Almost every single one of his
inventions, from his alternating current motor, to his wireless electricity,
were thought to be impossible. Any time he was doubted, Tesla defiantly
proved his credibility, each time inventing a device completely inappropriate
to his time period. For his many inventions, but also because he never took
it upon himself to receive credit for his amazing accomplishments, Tesla
deserves much more credit and recognition. His inventions deserve to have
much more research put into them, and there should be an abundance
rather than shortage of written articles concerning their advancement. If we
simply keep pushing forward using inspiration from Tesla, we will soon live
in a futuristic setting, with highly advanced technology. Tesla has been right
about everything he has said, and his claims continue to prevail over those
of many experts, even today, 70 years after his death. There is simply no
acceptable reason to have any doubt about Tesla, or any of his claims.

Works Cited
Marincic, Aleksander Nikola Tesla And The Wirless Transmission Of Energy 10
October 1982
Tesla, at 78, Bares New Death Beam New York Times, July 11 1934

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