Nikola Tesla - Non-Hertzian Waves

Nikola Tesla constantly wrote about what he called non-Hertzian waves. During his epochal visit to Colorado Springs in 1899, he made new discoveries about the nature of electromagnetic waves, known to some as stationary or longitudinal waves, to others as scalar waves.

Heinrich Hertz (18571894), the discoverer of electromagnetic or "wireless" waves, described the action of electric and magnetic fields as radiating from a wire in transverse waves (the familiar up and down sinewave-like motion) that would equal the speed of light. The measurement of frequencies as cycles per second was changed to Hertz, or, Hz in his honor. Hertz's discoveries would later be more fully understood and taken up by such great giants like Tesla, but in his time Hertz had no idea what these "radio" waves could be used for.

Nikola Tesla advanced the electromagnetism theory into new dimensions, further than Hertz and other scientists of his time could conceive. He described his "wireless" waves being far superior to Hertzian waves, which diminish with distance. Tesla foretold of a brilliant new future for humankind, using his non-Hertian "wireless system," including the ability to generate power and transmit it to various parts of the globe.

Tesla wanted to harness the ground to utilize his technology; however, with the Hertzian system the atmosphere is used as the medium and ground is not a major part of the design. Tesla considered the entire globe to be an electrical conductor that could be made to resonate at different frequencies. Moreover, the earth had various terrestrial resonances, which could be "tuned" or tapped into, providing planet Earth's citizens with a clean and inexhaustible source of energy.

After the many years of research into his concept of electromagnetic wave propagation through the earth or ground, Tesla was able refine and perfect his inventions. More and more, Tesla's inner mind conceived this new kind of energy and the effects it would have on our science. He described this energy as having the ability to be transmitted to any distance without any loss; Tesla would write, repeatedly, how little power his wireless system would require. Again, the Hertzian-based technology was not capable of performing in this efficient manner. There were numerous patents for broadcasting power, including the "magnifying transmitter" and the Wardenclyffe tower, that were designed to transmit this non-Hertzian energy and advance the art of wireless transmission of energy to be given freely to humankind. Can you visualize the world we might have today if the scientific community had recognized the advanced genius of Tesla and had adapted their energy science to use his ideas?

"That electrical energy can be economically transmitted without wires to any terrestrial distance, I have unmistakably established in numerous observations, experiments and measurements, qualitative and quantitative. These have demonstrated that it is practicable to distribute power from a central plant in unlimited amounts, with a loss not exceeding a small fraction of one per cent, in the transmission, even to the greatest distance, twelve thousand miles — to the opposite end of the globe." Nikola Tesla

Fortunately, some of today's scientists and researchers are taking up the banner of Tesla technology and looking to advance our present energy technology, which is barely able to handle our current power needs. If the current global temperatures continue to increase, we are bound to witness the the power grid running into serious problems and lengthy blackouts will be a more common event. (During the summer of 2006, the greater St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area was without power for a week!) The present electromagnetic theory, taught using today's textbooks, is seriously in need of fundamental changes; the addition of the advanced concepts introduced by Nikola Tesla would advance our scientific knowledge greatly!