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Re: 1994 article
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Original poster: "Chris Rutherford" <chris1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I must admit, having finally built a proper Tesla coil after about
10 years of musing, and not really knowing how a TC worked I feel a
lot better about the whole subject. More practical
scientific/engineering problems now occupy my mind such as how hard
can I push my NST before the insulation breaks down, and what would
happen if I put them in series etc. - Classical electrical theory if
you like, which I have a strong background in through years of school.
I still find Teslas notes fascinating, and collectively there is
about 5-6 pages in CSN that talk about fireballs, all in the first
hand.- But that is for another thread.
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Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2005 3:14 AM
Subject: Re: 1994 article
Original poster: Terry Fritz <vardin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At 06:21 PM 8/6/2005, you wrote:
On another note, hopefully Terry will let it go as it is just my
opinion, but has anyone wondered why there is quite so much
pseudoscience associated with Tesla, and where all of this rubbish
comes from and why?
Along with the other folks ideas on this, I think a lot of it has to
do with "frustration" at not being able to really understand a lot
of Tesla's work for such a long time....
30 years ago, surprisingly little was known about Tesla coils and
how they worked. The information that was available was full of
wild BS and there was really not "another" explanation available.
Even though Tesla coils have been around for say 110 years, the age
of much of the detailed theory can be counted on one hand and almost
all of it on two... I cannot recall how many hundreds of times I
have heard that Tesla coils cannot be explained by electrical
engineers... We all remember the often sited quote "Electrical
Engineering handbooks state that the design of Tesla coils is
empirical"... and that was from one of the very best books of the
era... Heeeey, were are all those nay sayers "now"!? >:o))
So really, for such a long time, "pseudoscience" was the "only"
explanation. As coiling became more popular and many folks could
join together with the help of say the TCBA news and the Internet,
we could finally work the complex details with a LOT(!!) of very hard work.
Now, we pull out our old 80's era "Tesla coil" + "secrets" +
"explained" (pick the title using these words...) books and laugh at
their stupidity... But it sure was not silly back then!!! It was
like gospel... :-(
Many "stretched" the "few" facts to raise a little extra money... As
a young gullable lad of the day, I am "still" hunting them down
:o)) I still have all the receipts too!!!
"Enigma Fantastique" - W. Gordon Allen, Ph.D. Presents projections,
philosophies and prophesies of Dr. Nikola Tesla.... UFO's, alien
intelligences, Stendek encounters $12.00.......... (Ph.D, and
can't spell fantastic... I should have known...) I think I used it
to start a camp fire once...
T.E. Bearden, Lt. Col., Ret.... Where is he anyway... I want my
As a famous conservative columnist said recently 'Well, I think
that's bull---- and I hate that"............
"I forgive" the Corums since they were really 'trying" and did "help" :-)))
But, with a lot of work, we are putting the silly science away now
and bringing Tesla coiling into almost a main stream science. Sort
of sad that we can't claim it's all "magic" anymore ;-)
I was demonstrating my DRSSTC and it's tricks to some old timers of
the 80's era... They just stared at it with that stunned
"deer-in-the-headlights" look.... "Even "I"" was tempted and wished
I had another DRSSTC controller box hidden with just a pyramid and
magic crystals inside it to try and convince them that it was
"simply" tapping Tesla's world energy vortex >:o)))) It would have
been "just too easy" to do the "box switch" while looking for
screwdrivers in the confusion.... Sadly, they probably would have
fallen for it........
But I showed them the "real" insides and explained the parts and
operation. They did not really "get it" but they certainly
understood there was "no magic at all" in there... Just a bunch of
plain circuits and somebody "figured it out"... So "I" did "not"
continue the pseudoscience tradition, but I "understand" it ;-)))
Tesla coiling today is not shrouded in much "magical mystery"
stuff... As I though many years ago, we did "loose something". But
I think "we are all better now"! And our little Tesla coils can
still whoop the bully down the block with an ignition coil out of
his dad's Chevy ;-))))