Late last year my friend Travis Taylor called me and asked me to give him a hand with a new TV show he was hosting for The Weather Channel. Travis and I had worked together a few years ago on the National Geographic series Rocket City Rednecks and it was great to hear from him. Travis went on to tell me that the show would feature a variety of scientific experiments and of course I was eager to help. I met with Travis and one of the show's producers a week or so later to go over the details and I started work immediately on... continue reading »
In 1892 George Westinghouse won the contract to power the Columbian Exposition. The Westinghouse company, with Tesla's guidance, built a power system for the exposition that produced three times more energy than was being utilized by the entire remainder of Chicago. Tesla had a large display including phosphorescent lighting (a precursor to fluorescent lamps) powered without wires by high-frequency fields and the Egg of Columbus. The success of the Tesla Polyphase System installed at the exposition ensured Westinghouse would be selected to harness Niagara.