Category: archimedes

“Archimedes was my ideal. I admired the works …

“Archimedes was my ideal. I admired the works of artists, but to my mind, they were only shadows and semblances. The inventor, I thought, gives to the world creations which are palpable, which live and work.”

–Nikola Tesla

“Some Personal Recollections.” Scientific American, June 5, 1915.

My Translation of Nikola Tesla’s Poem, “Fragments of Olympian Gossip.” While listening on my…

My Translation of Nikola Tesla’s Poem, “Fragments of Olympian Gossip.”

While listening on my cosmic phone (Tesla listening to his receiving device in his laboratory)
I caught words from the Olympus blown. (He’s eavesdropping on heaven, or Olympus, where the Gods of science live)
A newcomer was shown around; (Lord Kelvin is the newcomer. He was a great scientist and a friend of Tesla’s who had passed away in 1907.)
That much I could guess, aided by sound. (From what Tesla could hear through his device)
“There’s Archimedes with his lever (Lord Kelvin’s mysterious chaperone points out Archimedes)
Still busy on problems as ever. (Who even in the afterlife is still working on his mathematical problems)
Says: matter and force are transmutable (Archimedes thinks matter and force can be changed from one nature to another)
And wrong the laws you thought immutable.” (Lord Kelvin thought force and matter were unalterable and followed Isaac Newton’s physics as a truth)
“Below, on Earth, they work at full blast
And news are coming in thick and fast.
(News from earth to heaven)
The latest tells of a cosmic gun.
(Around the time this poem was conducted Guglielmo Marconi was frightening the public with a Ray-gun for war)
To be pelted is very poor fun. (violence is immoral)
We are wary with so much at stake, (Heaven is wary of mankind)
Those beggars are a pest—no mistake.” (The attention seekers of science are becoming nuisances)
“Too bad, Sir Isaac, they dimmed your renown (Now Lord Kelvin is speaking to his chaperone, which we now learn is Isaac Newton)
And turned your great science upside down. (Modern science is ruining Newtonian physics)
Now a long haired crank, Einstein by name, (Albert Einstein)
Puts on your high teaching all the blame. (Einstein’s theories oppose Newtonian physics)
Says: matter and force are transmutable (Einstein, like Archimedes, thought force and matter could be changed into each other. Newton believed matter and force are unalterable)
And wrong the laws you thought immutable.” (Einstein physics implies Newtonian physics aren’t a truth)
“I am much too ignorant, my son, (Newton speaking again)
For grasping schemes so finely spun. (Referring to Einstein’s abstract theories)
My followers are of stronger mind (Those scientists who still follow Newtonian physics and causation)
And I am content to stay behind, (He’ll stick with his own theories and let science go in error)
Perhaps I failed, but I did my best,
These masters of mine may do the rest.
Come, Kelvin, I have finished my cup.
When is your friend Tesla coming up.”
(Newton asking Kelvin when Tesla will join them in Olympus)
“Oh, quoth Kelvin, he is always late, (Tesla was never on time)
It would be useless to remonstrate.” (And it’s pointless to try and change it)
Then silence—shuffle of soft slippered feet— (End of conversation between Kelvin and Newton)
I knock and—the bedlam of the street. (Tesla departs from his dream and his laboratory into the busy streets of New York City)

Nikola Tesla

(Poem written by Nikola Tesla in the 1920s to his friend George Sylvester Viereck.)

1. Nikola Tesla was an inventor, discoverer, electrical…

1. Nikola Tesla was an inventor, discoverer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, theoretical and experimental physicist, mathematician, futurist and humanitarian. He was a hyper-polyglot who could speak eight languages including: Serbo-Croatian, English, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Latin. He is the true father of radio, and a man who was far ahead of his time. He was the first to discover the rotating magnetic field, and invent and patent a commutatorless alternating current induction motor based off this discovery. All electrical machinery using or generating alternating current is due to Tesla, without which our long distance trolley cars, electric vehicles, electrified power lines, and our subways would be impossible. In his labs he conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and some of the first X-ray imaging. He was the first to demonstrate remote control, building a wireless controlled boat first exhibited in 1898. Although not recognized for, he was the first to discovery the electron, radioactivity, cosmic rays, terrestrial resonance, and stationary waves. He also theorized a particle beam to be used for defense in war, and also to produce an artificial Aurora Borealis to light the night skies. He was the first to demonstrate wireless energy/power by lighting his phosphorescent light bulbs wirelessly in a demonstration given before the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,1893, and later lit lamps wirelessly at a distance of 25 miles away from his transmitter. Some of his greatest experiments and demonstrations have yet to be reproduced by even our greatest scientists today. He wanted to bring humanity so much more with his inventions and discoveries, but lacked the investments and funds to finish his work on a large scale. He would eventually die penniless and alone in his New York apartment, but like all the greats listed above, he lives on through all his inventions and contributions to this world.

“Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”

–Nikola Tesla