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“TESLA Master of Lightning” PBS Documentary

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“Washington, D.C.- Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest inventors of the 20th century, with over 700 worldwide patents to his name. He was a visionary genius whose radical ideas created the technology that connects the world with power and information. One of history’s most controversial and misunderstood people, his incredible story is finally being brought to the screen.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a Serbian immigrant to America, has become a cult hero. He is known and respected in scientific and engineering circles, but he also appeals to a youthful and general audience with no formal background in science. In addition to his work, his life is filled with intense personal drama, triumph and tragedy.

Tesla’s most famous invention is his system of AC power generation and transmission that is used universally today. He also invented the Tesla coil to create high-frequency electricity. This led to the creation of neon and fluorescent lighting, radio transmission, remote control, and hundreds of other devices that are now an essential part of our everyday lives. The documentary finally sets the record straight on Tesla’s inventions and accomplishments. Edison and Marconi are frequently credited for the invention of AC power transmission and radio, respectively. The program demonstrates that this is not the case.

TESLA, Master of Lightning, is a multi-media project that tells the comprehensive story of the life and work of Nikola Tesla for the very fist time. The program combines dramatizations with rare footage and photographs to weave a story filled with science, drama, and mystery. Included are many new and unknown details of Tesla’s life, including the influence he had on the Strategic Defense Initiative missile defense program. A great deal of the story is told in Tesla’s own words, drawn from his autobiographical and scientific writings, and performed by Stacy Keach.

Mr. Keach has long had a personal interest in Tesla’s work. Says Keach, “Without Nikola Tesla, the world, as we know it today, would not exist.  Unlike Thomas Edison, who invented Direct Current (DC), Tesla was the man responsible for giving us Alternating Current (AC), which gives us electric power over long distances. Radio, television, and the world of wireless electronic transmission, are all direct results of Tesla’s vision. Yes, he was also an eccentric, a germophobic, and something of a megalomaniac—human qualities which make a profile of his life all the more fascinating..for many years I entertained the notion of trying to mount a one-man show about his life. I am truly honored and thrilled to be a part of this exciting documentary. ”

Eight years in the making, the project includes the PBS documentary special; the companion book written by Margaret Cheney and Robert Uth, published by Barnes & Noble; and an extensive educational website at www.pbs.org. The documentary and the book contain an extremely rare collection of photographs documenting Tesla’s life and inventions. These photos are like lost pages of electrical history and an important resource for scholars. The website will contain other rare Tesla information, including correspondence, scientific papers and articles.

LINK TO THE WEBSITE OF THE PRODUCERS OF THIS FILM:

http://newvoyage.tv/tesla_press.html

MAN AS A MACHINE

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EVERY LIVING BEING

From an article published in the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, February 21, 1915,  By Mr. Nikola Tesla

“EVERY living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surroundings, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance. There In no constellation or nebula, no sun or planet, in all the depths of limitless space, no passing wanderer of the starry heavens, that does not exercise some control over its destiny. Not in the vague and delusive sense of astrology, but in the rigid and positive meaning of physical science.

More than this can be said. There is no thing endowed with life — from man, who is enslaving the element to the humblest creature in all this world — that does not sway it in turn. Whenever action is born from force, though it be infinitesimal, the cosmic balance is upset and universal motion results.”

MAN AS A MACHINE

Great strides have since been made in the art of anatomy, physiology and all branches of science, and the workings of the man-machine are now perfectly clear. Yet the very fewest among us are able to trace their actions to primary external causes. It is indispensable to the arguments I shall advance to keep In mind the main facts which I have myself established in years of close reasoning and observation and which may be summed up as follows:

1. The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a float tossed about by the waves of a turbulent sea.

2. There is no memory or retentive faculty based on lasting impression. What we designate as memory is but increased responsiveness to repeated stimuli.

3. It is not true, as Descartes taught, that the brain is an accumulator. There is no permanent record in the brain, there Is no stored sponge to disturbances directly received on the knowledge. Knowledge Is something akin to an echo that needs a disturbance to be called into being.”

TESLA KNEW

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 “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.” – Nikola Tesla