Lodge stated that aether gas necessarily existed in a density comparable to that of steel, yet behaved as a fluid. father gas was also capable of passing through most substances, a permeating substance having no terrestrial equal. When an experiment designed to measure “aether drift” with light beam inter-ferometry failed, most repudiated the existence of this gaseous space filling atmosphere altogether. Just before this moment in science history however, a wonderful theoretical abstract was published explaining the reality of the sether in chemical terms. If not for the author and his credibility, few would appreciate tlie import of his assertions.
A comprehensive analysis of these contradictory attributes was engaged by Professor Dmitri Mendeleev, “father” of the Periodic Table. Just before the turn of the Century, Dr. Mendeleev produced a wonderful theoretical view which elegantly satisfied each of the reigning contradictions of his day. His work was published years later in a small booklet entitled “A Chemical Conception of The Ether” (1904). Herein, he treated the aether gas as an interstellar atmosphere composed of at least two lighter-than-hydrogen elements. These were produced by violent bombardments in stars, the sun being the most prolific neighboring source. According to Dr. Mendeleev, aether gas was an atmosphere probably composed of several different elemental species. He anticipated that the two gases would be found. Although these pre-hydrogen elements remained yet unknown, Mendeleev placed them in his Periodic Table just as he did when composing the Table in 1869.
These gases were placed in a special “zero group” preceding the Noble gases. The inertness of these aether gases explained their elusive “non-reactive” character. The nearly massless state of these different Eetheric gases explained their ability both to permeate all matter without chemically interacting with it, and the high apparent density of aether. The lightest and first aether gas was assigned a theoretical atomic weight one hundred millionth that of hydrogen. The kinetic velocity of this first gas was calculated at 2.5 million meters per second. Such a highly mobile and vanishing aetheric mass could be rarefied and yet “appear” extremely dense. Dr. Mendeleev fully anticipated that these gaseous elements would someday be found through extraordinary apparatus. Others felt that, in this physical analysis, Dr. Mendeleev had not glimpsed the real aether at all. Many Victorian claimed that aether was extremely dense, like a flood of matter which could be felt as a pressure and seen as a multicolored radiance. Tesla ascribed to both of these views.
Tesla applied these principles in explaining the actions so visibly at work in his newest apparatus. Macroscopically, radiant Shockwaves behaved as a gaseous impulse having electrical characteristics. This was no ordinary gas however. This “gaseous” component was not atmospheric in the ordinary sense. It was not the result of adsorbed gases on the copper coil surface. This gas pulse travelled over the coil surfaces with super-luminal velocity. Mr. Dollard utilized line interferometry to measure and compare both components in a real Tesla Impulse Transformer, and has proven the vast velocity differences between both. Moreover, the mysterious surface-riding component was found to travel at a super-luminal velocity. Those experimental measurement successfully vindicated the claim of Tesla in this regards in 1985. When referring to these discharges and their strange attributes and effects, Tesla always used gas-dynamic terms and gas-dynamic analogues. Throughout his use of such terminology, Tesla was inferring that something unlike normal electricity was flowing through short electrical impulses. That something was indeed behaving like a gas. The gas-dynamic components which rode the outer coil surface required aerodynamically smooth surfaces.
Tesla came to believe that dielectric fields were actually composed of aether streams. Theoretically then, one could derive limitless energy- by trapping and conducting a naturally occurring dielectric field line. The problem was that no ordinarily accessible material could resist the aether enough to derive any momentum from it. With a stream so rare as to pass through all known materials, the kinetic energy inherent in dielectric field lines would remain an elusive energy source. Tesla believed he may have found the secret to tapping this energy, but it would not require an ordinary kind of matter. Tesla viewed voltage as streams of aether under various states of pressure. Raising these stresses could produce enormous aether streams, where the observed voltages would then be extremely high and luminous. This was the very condition which Tesla had come to believe had been established in his Transformers.
In fact, Tesla repeatedly stated that his Transformers effected powerful movements in the eether. In one truly mystifying experiment indicative of these comprehension, Tesla describes the production of very rapid impulse trains with a subsequent production of “cool misty white streamers extending a yard into space”. These were cool to the touch, and harmless. If electrical in nature, they would necessarily have been several million volts in potentials. Their harmlessness is coupled with their sinuous nature, one completely unlike electrical currents. Michael Theroux successfully duplicated Teslian experiments with an apparatus whose secondary was no more than 2 feet in length, with a width of 1 foot. When charged with a powerful electrostatic disruptive device of his own design and construction, Mr. Theroux succeeded in producing fluidic white streamers, sometimes exceeding 12 feet in length! These streamers continually grew in size, reaching the far wall of a cellar laboratory. Sinuous in their twisting manner, he reports that the ends of these branched with lobate ends, an unlikely characteristic for ordinary electricity. Contrasted against the discharges produced by Wimhurst Machines and other Electrostatic devices alone, these white and highly vibrant displays lacked the blue and stark jaggedness commonly associated with sparks termed “electric”. In the light of experimental achievements such as these, and their attendant phenomena, we are required to review our theoretical base and reassess our most fundamental conventions.
Indeed, to understand Tesla Technology one must eliminate the notion that electrons are the “working fluid” in his radiant energy designs. With the lower coil end connected directly to the dynamo, high voltage eether streamers were projected from the upper terminal. When describing each of his relevant patents in this new technology, Tesla forever spoke of “light-like rays” and “the natural medium”. The first term refers to the tightly constricted eether streams which are propelled from his Transformers along infinitesimal ray lines, and the latter refers to the all-pervading eether atmosphere in which his technology operated.
- PROLOGUE — Symbols and Models
- CHAPTER 2