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About Nikola Tesla
The real and full picture of Tesla's discoveries, inventions and meanings can hardly be obtained without the full insight and study of everything he put down, noted, designed. The archive in the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade contains a lot of information regarding Tesla's occupations. Even 70 years after his death, the archive has never been thoroughly examined. Therefore, it's not strange that modern-day scientists, university professors and students don't know much about Tesla and that they deny every subject and information
connected to the facts from the archive in the Nikola Tesla Museum. It's necessary to begin to examine carefully the heritage of Tesla in order to fully understand his work.

1. In honour of Nikola Tesla, a crater on the side of the Moon invisible from the Earth, got his name

2. Nikola Tesla – a pioneer of many discoveries and inventions

Scientists awarded

Tesla's „lost“ Nobel Prizes in Physics

(Source: Rudež,Muljević,Petković,Paar,Androić : Nikola Tesla – Explorer,Inventor,Genius)
3. Tesla's dove

  • There's a very interesting story about Tesla's love for a dove. Tesla fed and cared for several pigeons and a white dove with light brown tips on the top of her wings was singled out. According to John O'Neill, the author of one of Tesla's biographies, Tesla loved that dove more than anybody else. Tesla said about the dove:
    „This dove was the joy of my life. If she needed me, nothing else was important. While she was here, I had the goal in my life. And then one night, as I was lying in my bed and, as usual, solving some problems, she flew in through the open window and stood on my desk. I knew right away that she needed me. I was looking at her and I knew that she wanted to tell me she was dying. As I got her message, there came the light from her eyes, powerful beams of light.“

4. He was a vegetarian in a part of his life

  • In Tesla's biography „The Prodigal Genius“ John O'Neill says: „In his later years Tesla shifted away from a meat diet. He substituted fish and later he almost fully eliminated fish and lived on a vegetarian diet.“

  • Tesla was the advocate of vegetarianism as ethical, ecological, economical and healthy justified diet. In 1900 he said: „It's certainly preferable to grow vegetables and cereals, and I think that vegeterianism is a commandable departure from the established barbarous habit. Many nations that live on a vegetarian diet are much stronger and have better bodily conditions. Some seedlings, such as oats, are richer and more economical than meat and better for spiritual and bodily health... We have to make a complete cut as regards our food. All other opinions (of philosophers) about food are unnecessary.“
5. Tesla's radiations and cosmic rays

  • One of the unsolved enigma in Tesla's researches in the field of physics relates to Tesla's radiation. He used the term „radiations“ during the period of more than 40 years, and it was one of his main preoccupations in the 20th century. Tesla himself placed the discovery of radiations in 1897 (Nikola Tesla, Tesla Maps our electrical future – by H. Winfield, SECOR for Science and Inventions 17. Nr.12, April 1930). A few years later he reported the patent and suggested the method of their utilization. (US Patent 685958 – Patented 05. November 1901).

  • Tesla thought that a huge energy of cosmic rays that constantly pound the Earth might be used as ecologically clean source of energy for the human race. Tesla said: „The research of cosmic rays is the subject very close to me. I was the first to discover these rays and naturally I feel towards them as I would feel towards my own flesh and blood... Such a source of energy which is available everywhere can solve many problems the human race is faced with. I'll tell you in the most general way : a cosmic ray ionizes the air releasing many charges – ions and electrons. These charges are then captured in a condenser that is designed for discharging through the electrical circuit of a motor.“

(Source: Rudež,Muljević,Petković,Paar,Androić : Nikola Tesla – Explorer, Inventor, Genius)
6. Everything had to be divisible by the number three

  • „All my revisions, work or operations should be divisible by the number three, and in case I made a mistake, I would start from the beginning, even if it took me a few hours.“ (Source: My Inventions, Nikola Tesla's autobiography)

  • “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have the key to the universe.” Nikola Tesla 
7. Tesla exercised self-control, brain control

  • Tesla's success was achieved owing to his exercises in his childhood. Visualisation and self-control helped him in all his discoveries and inventions. In his autobiography „My Inventions“, Tesla says: „So I have unawarely developed, as I have thought, a new method of restoring invention related thoughts and ideas, the method which is radically opposite to a pure experimenting, and in my opinion, much faster and more effective. My method is different. I never hurry to start the practical work. When I have an idea, I immediately begin to build it in my imagination. I change the structure, improve it, make it perfect and already make it move in my thoughts. In this way I can develop and improve the idea without touching anything.“

  • Once I got the novel Abafi (Abe's Son) written by a famous writer Josika. This novel woke up my sleeping power of willl and I began to exercise self-control. In the beginning by decision melted like April snow, but soon I conquered my weakness and felt joy as never before – I did what I wanted to do. As time went by, this powerful spiritual exercise became my second nature. In the beginning I had to repress my wishes, but in this way my wish was gradually identified with my will.“
8. Controversy about Tesla's discovery of „death rays“ (death field)

  • In 1933 Tesla said in an interview by the press that he was working on a new kind of generator for the production of rays of all kinds and of the highest power. His invention had the characteristics of „death rays“, but he didn't explain the principles how they worked. During lunch on the occasion of his birthday celebration in 1938 in the New Yorker Hotel, Tesla shortly explained his idea of wireless transmission of electric current and „death rays“. (Source: Rudež,Muljević,Petković,Paar,Androić : Nikola Tesla – Explorer, Inventor, Genius)

  • „The production of power rays which are similar to „death rays“ includes 4 electric machines. They may be used for energy transmission, limited only due to the distortion of the Earth surface. For the first time now, we are aware that the production of death rays and the production of energy for wireless transmission are based on the similar effect or similar basic principle.“ (Source:The Archive of the Nikola Tesla Museum; Zorica Civrić, Curator in the Science and Technology Museum in Belgrade)

  • Tesla inherited a deep repulsion towards wars from his father. Therefore, in various moments of inspiration during his whole life, he proposed technological ways to stop wars. Tesla said that „death rays“ could prevent wars by making the invisible Chinese wall around each country. Tesla was also thinking about the use of the rays for peaceful purposes, and one of his ideas was the long distance wireless power transmission. We can only speculate whether Tesla's idea has ever been seriously understood. The opinion of the majority of modern-day scientists is that this idea can't be realized.
  • Only a serious approach and a thorough study of the archive in the Nikola Tesla Museum will prove whether this idea can be realized or not.

9. Tesla's oscillator

  • It's well known that Tesla experimented with resonant vibrations. The principle was very simple since Tesla understood that everything in the Universe, as well as each molecule on the Earth, vibrates at a certain frequency. Using his vibrating machine, which Tesla perfected in 1897, he could increase the natural frequency that generates so called „standing wave“ (which doesn't move, but oscillates as a sound wave produced by a violin string) and shake a molecule causing serious damages to the material structure to which the vibrationg machine was directed. The machine was not bigger that an alarm clock and Tesla used to put it in his pocket. This „material“ could be the whole planet Earth.

  • At that time, Tesla claimed that the adequately adjusted machine, which would work as a sonar, could be used in order to find underground oil and various minerals. And we use it today. All layers of our planet are as piano wires. We only have to strike them and „hear“ how they sound. Each material can be defined by its own frequency. People who lived close to Tesla's laboratory in New York, could feel that their houses were trembling, books and dishes were falling down from the shelves, windows and taps were cracking. The earthquake could be felt in the neighbourhood of several blocks. (Source:Prof.Velimir Abramović,Ph.D.,according to the archive of the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade)

  • Mechanical oscillators marked the beginning of Tesla's investigations in mechanical engineering, and were mainly used for laboratory purposes. Tesla explained in details the invention of the oscillator in the article „The Problem of Increasing Human Energy“ published in The Century Magazine in June, 1900. In 1940 Tesla published his work „Mechanical Therapy“ about the use of the mechanical oscillator for therapy purposes. He was preoccupied with mechanical therapy twice in his life, in 1895 when he experimented with the oscillator and at the end of his life when he had health problems. His opinion was that mechanical therapy would fully surpass the results obtained by electrical methods. (Source: Rudež, Muljević, Petković, Paar, Androić : Nikola Tesla – Explorer, Inventor, Genius)

10. Tesla studied The Vedas

  • The Vedas describe the nature of matter, antimatter and atom structure, and the language of the Vedas is sanskrit. Tesla's descriptions of natural phenomena are partly similar to the ancient sanskrit terminology. According to the information obtained from the archive in the Nikola Tesla Musem, Tesla gained knowledge of the Vedic terminology during his meetings with Swami Vivekananda. There's a portrait of Tesla in Calcutta. 
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11. Tesla and women

  •  „I have decided to devote my whole life to work and therefore I have given up love and company of a good woman; even more than that. I think that a writer or a musician should get married. In marriage they get the inspiration leading them to even greater success. But an inventor has such a violent nature, with so many wild, passionate characteristics that he should leave everything, give up his work and dedicate himself to a woman. And it's a pity : we sometimes feel so lonely“, Tesla said. „A modern woman, who already now shows the progress of her sex in purely superficial phenomena, is just an external sign of something that is much deeper and more powerful maturing in the bosom of the human race.“
  • He felt deep symphaty and sincere friendship for Katherina Jonson, the wife of his friend Robert. Some think that Katherina Jonson was in love with Tesla. Their correspondence is being kept in the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade. 
  • The famous French actress Sarah Bernard was among women who wanted to  attract Tesla's attention. Marguerite Merington, a piano player, and later a journalist and a writer, was one of the women who made the deepest impression on Tesla.
  • Boško Budisavljević, Tesla's grandnephew, speaks about interesting facts from Tesla's childhood. He thinks that he has solved the enigma who could be the only Tesla's undestined love. He has read the notes of his mother Dana saying that Tesla remained a single man all his life because he loved a woman he shouldn't have loved. Budisavljević thinks that this „fatal“ woman in Tesla's life could be Milica Mandić, a daughter of Tomo Mandić, whom Tesla met in 1875 in Tomingaj when he was recovering of cholera. (Source: Rudež, Muljević, Petković, Paar, Androić : Nikola Tesla – Explorer,Inventor,Genius)
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