Digest: Electricity

Thursday, April 9, 1914
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THE ELECTRICAL WORLD. Faaxuaxvé IBQ1 THE ELECTRICAL WORLD Vol.. XXIX. No. 6. Elrrlririgy. TESLA. Ein. Rev., Jan. 17.-A reprint in full of his recent address at Bullalo; it is very general in character. He discusses the features of human intellectual progress in recent times, which chielly interest the scientific man, the thinker and the reasoner; he refers to the inlluence of the artist; electricity has been one of the most potent factors in the elevating features which characterize modern intellectual development; he refers to the merging together of the various sciences or departments of research and the connection between dilferent forces ~and phenomena; only a brief reference is made to high-frequency currents; the electric transmission of power is considered to be the most important industrial application. lu refer- ring to the direct production of electricity from carbon in a battery, he states that he does not think it will be 'as much of an. advancefns some seem to believe; he favors the mechanical generation and considers the probability of replacing the present generators by batteries as A very remote one; be has confidence in the development _of a light storage ' 211 battery involving the use ot' chemicals manufactured by cheap water power, such as some carbide or oxygen-hydrogen cell; he refers to means lor obtaining energy from stores which are forever inexhaustible with- out combustion or waste of any material, stating that he has had the matter under consideration for a number of years, and believing the problem will ultimately be solved; he thinks the realization of the idea is not far off; he refers ro the possibility ul the operation of engines on any point of the earth “ by the energy of the medium " (presumably n misprint); but he adds that under the theoretically best conditions such a method of obtaining power cannot equal in economy and simplicity the conversion oi the energy or running water into electrical energy; he has devised means for using for transmission E. M. Fs. much higher than practical with ordinary apparatus; he believes he wlllsucceed in trans- mitting power without the employment of any connecting wire.