Fw: [free_energy] Tesla and his foibles as recounted by Fred
- people,the free_energy email list has a number of discussions about Tesla:----- Original Message -----From: Sheldon WarmanSent: Friday, October 15, 2004 2:11 AMSubject: [free_energy] Tesla and his foibles as recounted by Fred--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "imageiteverywhere"
>According to tesla, his coil worked because of the
ether. It would seem odd that it should still work in
a void if there is no ether and no air to link the 2
coils. It would seem that if a tesla coil works in a
hard vacuum, that would be a strong arguement for some
form of ether.
The existance of the ether was postulated by Maxwell
because he initially could not imagine the workings of
electricity without a medium to conduct it. But
actually when you look at his equations, there is no
ether in them. This inspired Einstein to postulate
that Maxwell's equations implied that there was no
ether at all.
The Michaelson Morley experiment proved that no ether
was detectable. From this Lorentz postulated that
matter in motion relative to the ether would contract.
(the lorentz contraction). This was unsatisfactory
because it would not satisfy occams razor. A
postulated substance that by definition was
Einstein showed that following Maxwel's
electromagnetism, ether was not only not nesesary but
contraindicated by the simple fact that every observer
in a non-accerated reference frame would necesarily
measure the laws of nature exactly the same. This is
called strict Galilean relativity.
Tesla had been a student before relativity, and never
accepted relativity. He could not adjust to the new
pardigm and so was relegated to the dust bin of
science from that point on. There is no need for
people of any degree of scientific acumen to call upon
the ghost of tesla to support this discredited and
discarded theory. It is a measure of their
misunderstanding of physics that they even use this
The equations of Maxwell do not have any ether in
them, nor do they require any intervening substance to
transmit electric and magnetic forces. The Tesla coil
will work fine in a vacuum, but the effects that we
like to see are going to be missing, because those are
produced by the ionization of the surrounding air.
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