The Kinetic Inventions of Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla's kinetic experiments

Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan, a quiet village on the military frontier of the Austrian empire or modern day Croatia. His father was an Orthodox priest and his mother a homemaker, whom he later credited for having most significantly contributed to his creative genius.

ELECTRIFYING SCIENCE

Tesla was fascinated by physics and often attended demonstrations of experiments involving electricity. His early experiences with electricity would inspire him to go work for the European wing of the Edison Company in Paris where his talent was quickly put to work developing dynamos and tinkering away at filaments. After being reduced to doing a number of menial tasks, Tesla left Edison and would eventually go on to invent his famous induction motor, by and large… the rest is history.

Patented inventions of Tesla
Patented inventions of Tesla

While the man and his legend have fluctuated in and out of popularity, many of us know his story. But what of Tesla’s other inventions, his other interests; there is a lot to be found by exploring his innumerable other creations and discoveries.

The Moon's Rotation

In the 1919 Edition of the “Electrical Experimenter” Tesla was able to conclude and prove that in a rotating body such as a planet or even a comet and in this case the moon, all its kinetic energy is purely translational; meaning the moon contains no rotational energy on its own. He was able to demonstrate it through hours of experimentation working with none other than kinetic sculptures which he used to test and plot out a body’s use of energy.

Tesla's moon rotation experiment

In the 1919 Edition of the “Electrical Experimenter” Tesla was able to conclude and prove that in a rotating body such as a planet or even a comet and in this case the moon, all its kinetic energy is purely translational; meaning the moon contains no rotational energy on its own. He was able to demonstrate it through hours of experimentation working with none other than kinetic sculptures which he used to test and plot out a body’s use of energy.

TESLA AND HIS KINETIC MODELS

During Tesla’s tireless search for a motor that could be started without sparking or fuel, he did his research by conceiving a number of interactive or kinetic models that he built himself. Not to mention that the bladeless turbine required for his motor needed to interact with water in order to move, which he invented shortly after he realizing he could not simply extrapolate energy from the “cosmos”.

Nikola Tesla kinetic experiment

In many ways Kinetic sculptures propagate that same idea and can be used for experimentation and innovation as effectively as they are used for enjoyment and relaxation. An objects simplicity can often be very deceiving, because great things often have humble beginnings.

GREAT SCIENTISTS ARE ARTISTS, TOO.

Here at Kinetrika, we believe that science is an art form and that the motivation behind all art is the same: curiosity and passion for the world around us, for finding new ways to reinvent life as we know it, but most of all, never stop experimenting to discover something new and extraordinary. 

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