Harnessing the Wheelwork of Nature: Tesla’s Science of Energy
Thomas Valone, ed.
Adventures Unlimited Press, 2002
Review by Integrity Research Institute Staff
Harnessing the Wheelwork of Nature is a new book by Thomas Valone, who edited it in time for the Wardenclyffe Tower Centennial (1903-2003). Valone’s book presents, for the first time, the feasibility argument for Tesla’s most ambitious dream, the wireless transmission of power. Pictured on the book’s cover near Tesla’s feet, the 187-foot Wardenclyffe Tower was part of his plan to deliver natural 8-Hz electricity anywhere in the world, by longitudinal waves.
Unknown to most electrical engineers, Nikola Tesla’s dream answers the energy crisis worldwide, saves electrical conversion losses, and provides a real alternative to transmission lines. In Dr. James Corum’s contributed papers, he explains Tesla’s “magnifying transmitter,” which Tesla compared to a telescope. Corum points out that “the tuned circuit of his magnifying transmitter was the whole Earth-ionosphere cavity resonator.” This helps explain why Tesla wrote, “When there is no receiver there is no energy consumption anywhere. When the receiver is put on, it draws power. That is the exact opposite of the Hertz-wave system. . .radiating all the time whether the energy is received or not.” Thus, with Tesla’s futuristic transmission of power, source dissipation will only be experienced when a load is engaged in a tuned receiver somewhere on the earth. This fact alone represents a major leap forward in electrical transmission efficiency, even one hundred years later.
Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher indicates in her paper that the Earth’s magnetosphere is the source of electrical energy, as Tesla emphasized. She points out that the relatively small longitudinal impulses that the Tesla Tower supplies triggers the Earth-ionosphere oscillations to take place so the receivers can tap the Earth’s atmospheric electrical energy. Tesla estimated the available energy of the Earth-ionosphere cavity at 7.5 gigawatts, whereas Dr. Rauscher today shows that it is closer to 3 terawatts (3 billion kW), while the U.S. only consumes an average of 360 million kW today for electrical needs (at 27% of the world usage). Therefore, the Earth has almost three times the capacity available for electrical consumption than the entire world presently utilizes every day.
Why wasn’t the prototype of Wardenclyffe finished in 1903? Tesla offered this visionary conclusion: “The world was not prepared for it. It was too far ahead of time. But the same laws will prevail in the end and make it a triumphal success. . .Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each on according to their work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”
Up until now, there has been a general malaise in the scientific comprehension of Tesla’s greatest dream. For example, the Serb National Federation notes, “With the exception of the first biography of Tesla by John J. O’Neill, science editor of the New York Herald Tribune, and published in 1944, unfortunately no biographer since has had the necessary scientific/engineering academic credentials to discuss Tesla’s work in the various fields.” Contributors to Harnessing the Wheelwork of Nature are primarily physicists and engineers who are experts in Tesla technology. Their wealth of knowledge demonstrates their mastery of this extraordinarily progressive and technical subject. Finally, the best academic credentials have been brought to bear on the world’s greatest electrical futurist.
This is a very readable and profusely illustrated reference volume on wireless transmission of power, besides being a biographical goldmine of Tesla history. Nick Cook, editor of Jane’s Defence Weekly and author of The Hunt for Zero Point, says: “Tesla is one of the great overlooked geniuses of science and electricity. His full story deserves to be told. Tom Valone sheds important new light on his life and work.”