"the wireless transmission of power, was based upon a flawed theory […] Tesla believed that the Earth was filled with electricity and that if he pumped electricity into it at one point, a resonant receiver anywhere else on the Earth could extract it"
Obviously wrong by several accounts:
(1) the Maxwell theory (still in use today) is itself provably flawed as it ignores antenna noise (a very annoyingly persistent reality for any RF engineer). Yet, the book author, and today’s universities, still blindly believe that the traditional “Field Theory” model is “serious and solid” - unlike Tesla.
(2) Tesla was not a theoretician, he was an engineer experimenting and unwilling to formalize what was not fully understood (unlike Maxwell, a mathematician, who simply excluded everything he was not able to formalize).
(3) the (flawed) “quantum theory” (heavily relying on postulates - the opposite of a theory) has used the word “entanglement” for Tesla’s “resonance”. That might be a distinction without a difference: in our century entanglement has been tested over long distances to transmit information.
“Science” is an attempt to explain how things repeatedly work around us. “Theories” are by nature imperfect and have often been replaced by “better working” theories.
"This is, of course, complete nonsense, as his contemporaries working in the field knew, and said, at the time."
This is not a scientific argument - just an attempt to undermine Tesla by ignoring his achievements. After all, if he could demonstrate something repeatedly (and teach others how to do it), then it was the indisputable evidence that he found something NEW and USEFUL (even if he could not build a theory to explain it):
Not a word on Tesla demonstrations in universities showing how his waves were able to seamlessly traverse a metal barrier? (beyond near-field)
Not a word on Tesla electric (personal) car running all day long without ever stopping to recharge its battery? (there are photos, and testimonials)
In today’s economic environment, such a feat would be quite handy for many drivers - and my bet is that they could not care less if there’s no theory endorsed by the Orthodox Science (which, by the way, has lost a bit of its credibility these last years - on the top of being unable to make any significant progress in the past century).
"While Tesla continued to garner popular press coverage for his increasingly bizarre theories, he was ignored by those who understood they could never work."
So, it is fine to publicly claim that Tesla was a crook (even here, despite the “criticize ideas, not people” policy), but there’s nobody to ever question official theories that expose so openly their inherent weaknesses.
Call that “Science” if you can.
"Undeterred, Tesla proceeded to build an enormous prototype of his transmitter at Wardenclyffe, intended to span the Atlantic,"
The fact that he was ready to invest his own reputation, time and money on such a project without the support of the official “Science” demonstrates his sincerity.
Given his achievements (almost everything using electricity around us owes from Nikola Tesla’s patents) the author’s lack of attempt to question his motivations beyond the alleged “crackpotry” is, ahem, odd if not shameful.
"…without ever, for example, constructing a smaller-scale facility to verify his theories over a distance of, say, ten miles."
This is also incorrect. His first public demonstrations to convince investors were involving wireless transfers over such a distance range. There were photos made of this event and almost all movies on the subject show it (cf. “The Current War” 2017).
JW: "Reasonably efficient beamed transmission of power over line of sight paths via microwaves has been demonstrated, indicating a large scale solar power satellite downlink could be as much as 85% efficient, but this is a point to point link, not broadcasting power over the horizon as Tesla imagined."
In fact, Nikola Tesla achieved:
(1) 100+% efficiency (what he called the “magnifier effect”).
(2) consumers fetching energy from energy-plants (not broadcasting).
(3) energy transfers traversing obstacles like rain/fog, forests and mountains (no “line of sight” required).
#1 might be due to synchronized neutrinos being caught by the field.
#2 explains how lossless transfers take place (broadcasting wastes energy).
#3 demonstrates that Nikola Tesla knew much (much) better than his detractors.
Nikola Tesla needed such a big antenna because using high-voltage currents made it easier (at the time, due to the lack of electronics) to establish a link between an energy-source and one (his electric car) or several energy-consumer devices (light bulbs planted in a remote field).
This explains his difficulties, the required budget, and the lack of a theoretical basis to support his findings (very high-voltage currents made things visible to him).
Today, cheap electronic devices allow people to replicate Tesla findings. And we can also explain better (than him at the time) why and how it takes place (by correcting flawed orthodox science).
And, like Nikola Tesla, they prove their point with prototypes:
In our case, by making lossless wireless energy transfers between Faraday cages.
Since these devices, operated by different people, repeatedly work under different environments (labs, forest, lake…), this is -by definition- “real Science”.
The number of people rejecting reality (while certainly making a political consensus, often driven by a convergence of interests) is irrelevant as far as “Science” is concerned.
“In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.” -Mark Twain (1835-1910)
“If you think, that only social sciences, law, history and literature are hijacked, you did not pay attention. Think that mathematics and physics are free? Think again.”
-Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.”
“Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has, as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity.”
“What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride. Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightment.”
-Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)
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