Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) believed that he may have heard signals from Mars that were "due to an intelligent control." In 1896, Tesla suggested that a wireless electrical transmission apparatus could be used to contact beings on Mars. His research ignited an interest in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) in academic studies.
From the 1890s through 1906, Tesla spent a great deal of his time and fortune on the theory of wireless power, as a way to transmit large amounts of power around the world but also, as he had pointed out in his earlier lectures, a way to transmit worldwide communications.
Tesla set up an experimental station at high altitude in Colorado Springs during 1899. There he could safely operate much larger coils than in the cramped confines of his New York lab. He conducted experiments with a large coil operating in the megavolts range, producing artificial lightning (and thunder) consisting of millions of volts and discharges of up to 135 feet (41 m) in length, and, at one point, inadvertently burned out the generator in El Paso, causing a power outage. The observations he made of the electronic noise of lightning strikes led him to conclude that he could use the entire globe of the Earth to conduct electrical energy.
During his time at his laboratory, Tesla observed unusual signals from his receiver which he speculated to be communications from another planet. He mentioned them in a letter to a reporter in December 1899 and to the Red Cross Society in December 1900. Reporters treated it as a sensational story and jumped to the conclusion Tesla was hearing signals from Mars.
Tesla expanded on the signals he heard in a 9 February 1901 Collier's Weekly article entitled Talking With Planets, where he said, "I can never forget the first sensations I experienced when it dawned upon me that I had observed something possibly of incalculable consequences to mankind...the disturbances I had observed might be due to an intelligent control. Although I could not decipher their meaning, it was impossible for me to think of them as having been entirely accidental. The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another."
Talking with the PlanetsEdit
- “At the present stage of progress, there would be no insurmountable obstacle in constructing a machine capable of conveying a message to Mars, nor would there be any great difficulty in recording signals transmitted to us by the inhabitants of that planet, if they be skilled electricians.
- “Communication once established, even in the simplest way, as by a mere interchange of numbers, the progress toward more intelligible communication would be rapid. Absolute certitude as to the receipt and interchange of messages would be reached as soon as we could respond with the number "four," say, in reply to the signal "one, two, three." The Martians, or the inhabitants of whatever planet had signalled to us, would understand at once that we had caught their message across the gulf of space and had sent back a response. To convey a knowledge of form by such means is, while very difficult, not impossible...”—Nikola Tesla, 1901
MJ-12 assessment 1989Edit
- EBE: “Almost fifty of your years ago, you sent us signals. You were looking for us, and you scared us with a signal you should not have been capable of sending. So we answered. But you didn’t understand our answer then, just as you don’t now. We do our best to please others. When you didn’t respond to our message to you, and you did not come for a visit, we felt that we really ought to stop by and see how you were doing. It has been a long time, and it was the neighborly thing to do, of course. Besides, it was right on the way to another destination: your world, I mean.[pg. 32]
- EBE: “there is a beautiful mystery in the fact that the person who sent us the first message forty-nine years ago (1899) did come from this nation [ Yugoslavia ] originally. His transmission was sent from near here, [ Four Corners, USA ] however, in the state you call Colorado.”[pg. 34]
- INT:: “Can you tell us his name?...”[pg. 34]
- EBE: “The scientist I spoke of was an electrical engineer named Nikola Tesla. You are old enough to have heard of him when he was still alive.”[pg. 34]
- ↑ Seifer, Marc J. (1996). "Martian Fever (1895–1896)". Wizard : the life and times of Nikola Tesla: biography of a genius. Secaucus, New Jersey: Carol Pub.. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-55972-329-9. OCLC 33865102. https://archive.org/details/wizardlifetimeso0000seif.
- ↑ Wikipedia, search for extraterrestrial intelligence#Early work
- ↑ Wikipedia, Nikola Tesla#Wireless power
- ↑ Gillispie, Charles Coulston, "Dictionary of Scientific Biography;" Tesla, Nikola. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York.
- ↑ SECOR, H. WINFIELD (August 1917). "TESLA'S VIEWS ON ELECTRICITY AND THE WAR". The Electrical Experimenter. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- ↑ Carlson, W. Bernard (2013). Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-1-4008-4655-9. p.301
- ↑ Christopher Cooper, The Truth About Tesla: The Myth of the Lone Genius in the History of Innovation, Race Point Publishing. 2015. p. 165
- ↑ Daniel Blair Stewart (1999). Tesla: The Modern Sorcerer, Frog Book. p. 372
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Carlson, p. 315
- ↑ Seifer, Marc J. (1998). Wizard: The Life And Times Of Nikola Tesla. Citadel. ISBN 978-0-8065-3556-2. p.220-223
- ↑ Collier's Weekly, February 9, 1901, page 4-5: “Talking with the Planets” by Nikola Tesla
- Wikipedia, Nikola Tesla#Colorado Springs