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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Happy Birthday, Tesla

- David Bowie as Tesla

Today's the birthday of inventor, physicist, mechanical and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, and since a past post I did on him has gathered more hits than almost any other, I thought I'd wish him the best. Here below is a video of the bits from the movie The prestige which have to do with Tesla (played in the film by David Bowie). What's amazing is that pretty much all that's shown in the film about him is true .... Thomas Edison's smearing of his work, his science lab in Colorado Springs where he discovered terrestrial stationary waves within the earth and lit neon tubes by conducting electricity through the ground, and his work on a teleportation device.

The video begins with a magician (played by Hugh Jackman) talking to an assistant at Tesla's Colorado lab, then seeing a public demonstration of his work on electricity, meeting Tesla himself to ask him to build a teleportation device for his magic act, the destruction of Tesla's lab, and the delivery of the device ......

- Publicity picture of a participant sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs with his "Magnifying Transmitter" generating millions of volts. The arcs are about 7 meters (23 ft) long.


Anonymous Richard said...

My gosh, that is David Bowie! Loved the movie but didn't notice that.

10:06 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

I guess that means he was doing a good job :)

10:49 AM  
Blogger cowboyangel said...

Edison could be a real scumbag. In the early days of film, he sent his thugs to beat up the rep for PATHE, the French film company that was operating in the U.S. then as well. Basically drove them out by violence in order to corner the market.

12:57 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yes, from what I've read he seemed very unscrupulous.

1:41 PM  

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