• MA Senft

Science in Shadows: Electromagnetism & Nikola Tesla

Updated: Aug 9

"Ethan put his hand on Jay’s shoulder. 'Nikola Tesla once said, ‘If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration."

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“Mr. Tesla died in 1943, but prior to his passing, he had been working in the field of electromagnetism. With great success, I might add.”

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Having rejoined them, Ethan chimed in, pointing to the level above. “Super ultralight cars, levitated, wrapped in electromagnetism, won’t derail. Sensor switches allow leans into the turns without incident—at incredible speeds.”

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“Electromagnetism is the structure of the cosmos. Matter vibrates slowly; that is why it is seen, while objects that vibrate faster are not. Consciousness creates reality, underlying everything in the universe. Matter is only a tiny fraction of what exists. The rest lies outside the human experience…”

Is there factual science behind the futuristic ideas of electromagnetism mentioned in Shadows of December? Let’s take a closer look at the life and inventions of Nikola Tesla to see…

Who is Nikola Tesla?

While most people recognize the name Tesla as the name of the large electric car company and its CEO, Elon Musk, the company was named in honor the scientist Nikola Tesla and for good reason: he was one of the most prolific scientists of this last century!

Nikola Tesla, born in 1856, was a scientist whose inventions included:

  • The Tesla coil, which laid the groundwork for fluorescence, x-rays, radio, wireless power and electromagnetism.

  • Alternating-current (AC) electricity which is the power system we all use in our homes and has remained the worldwide standard since he first introduced it to the masses.

  • Designing one of the first hydroelectric power plants (at Niagara Falls).

  • Pioneered research in the discovery of radar technology, X-ray technology and remote control.

Tesla was often ostracized for ideas that seemed wild or unbelievable at the time, only to have a huge portion of his theories further proved and put into practice after his death.

I took the different concepts of Tesla’s and thought what amazing things could his theories turn into a few hundred years in the future…

Electromagnetism used for transportation

The idea of using electromagnetism to fuel trains is a concept that has been in use through the use of “Maglev,or magnetic levitation, a system of train transportation that uses two sets of magnets,one set to repel and push the train up off the track, and another set to move the elevated train ahead, taking advantage of the lack of friction.

With maglev technology there are no moving parts. The train travels along a guide way of magnets which control the train's stability and speed. Maglev trains are therefore quieter and smoother than conventional trains, and have the potential for much higher speeds.”(definition courtesy of Wikipedia*.)

Can electromagnetism be used to travel through time?

Subrata Banerjee, a Physics graduate, offered this idea on the forum Quora:

“When you look at the Sun, you see the Sun as it actually was about eight minutes back. This is because the rays of light from the Sun take about 8 minutes to reach the Earth. So, haven’t the rays of light, which is a kind of electromagnetic radiation, traveled through time?

This is probably the simplest example of electromagnetic waves travelling through time. Everything travels through time, though we do not realize it in terrestrial settings. In space travel, time and distance seem to mean the same thing.”

Additionally, Charles Torre, professor of physics at Utah State University and a researcher in gravitational and mathematical physics, provides this answer:

Electric charges and magnets do indeed "distort space," but this happens on a couple of levels…according to the current best theory of gravitation, which is contained in Albert Einstein's famous general theory of relativity, a gravitational field represents a curvature of space-time, rather than a distortion of it. Anything that carries energy, momentum and stresses is a source of a gravitational field, that is, a curvature of space-time. (courtesy of Scientific American**)

Tesla discovered many uses for electromagnetism and was a brilliant man: as history continues to move forward, we are always learning new ways to utilize discoveries he made. If you’d like to learn more about Tesla, his contributions and his ideas, take a look at some of the following links:






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