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Show Notes for Episode 18 – The Greatest Show On Earth (1891)

Tesla’s 1891 AIEE Lecture (complete text):

Tesla demonstrates his new lightbulbs

 

The SaskPower Nikola Tesla Quiz:

I got 90%--can YOU do better??

The History of Rome Podcast by Mike Duncan

Vini Vidi Vici

Seriously–just listen already.

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Show Notes for Episode 17 – The Biggest Mistake Nikola Tesla Ever Made (1890-1891)

As mentioned in this week’s episode, to get a good visual sense of how Tesla would use the ‘skin effect’ of his oscillating transformer to wow Gilded Age audiences, you need look no further than David Bowie’s portrayal of Nikola Tesla from the Christopher Nolan movie, The Prestige (if you haven’t seen it–seriously, do so right away):

And while there are apparently no photographs of these moments, Tesla would also create a glowing halo of energy around himself at his demonstrations, as illustrated here:

Tesla saturated with electricity glowed with a halo

(Source: New York World, 09 Dec 1906)

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