It was in 1976 while I was in the midst of following another story at the New York Public Library when I found Tesla’s name for the first time. It was alleged, in a book on avatars, that Tesla had been born on another planet. He had landed in the mountains of Yugoslavia in 1856 to give us humans the induction motor, fluorescent and neon lights, wireless communication, remote control, robotics, and our entire electrical power system. What immediately struck me was that had this man done all this, surely I would have heard his name before, but I had not.
I then read the O’Neill biography on Tesla and got his book of patents. From this material I was able to ascertain that Tesla indeed was the real McCoy, that is, the fundamental inventor behind all these high-tech creations! He thus became the subject of my doctoral dissertation. I wanted to find out how such an important individual could have been dropped from the history books, and this work was morphed into the biography Wizard: The Life & Times of Nikola Tesla, a book now in its fourteenth printing, translated into four languages with over 70,000 copies in print. Tesla is no longer an obscure individual.
However, what has remained obscure are some of his still esoteric inventions and discoveries. For instance, his supposed electric car that derives it’s power by means of wireless, his discovery of cosmic rays that travel at speeds in excess of 50 times the speed of light, a cosmic ray machine that derives an unlimited amount of power from the atmosphere, a 300-page paper on his bladeless turbine that no one has been able to locate, more information about his top-secret particle beam weapon, and the full implications of his very-well-hidden dynamic theory of gravity.
The writing of the Tesla biography, which took 14 years of daily work, involved travel to every known major Tesla archive from New York and Massachusetts, to Washington DC; Berkeley California to Belgrade Serbia; attendance and participation as a lecturer at a dozen or more international Tesla conferences held in Colorado Springs; at the site of his Wardenclyffe tower on Long Island, New York; Croatia; Serbia; Tempe, Arizona; Toronto, Canada; and Niagara Falls covering the years 1984-2009. And in all that time, having attended all those conferences, and in meeting all the world’s great Tesla experts, no one, as far as I knew, had truly understood Tesla’s dynamic theory of gravity, nor its implications.
It has only been in the last four years, since the writing of Transcending the Speed of Light, that I have come to fully appreciate Tesla’s theory. My source starts with a single statement Tesla made to the well-known New York reporter, Joseph Alsop, at the age of 78, when the inventor was “led to the inescapable conclusion that such bodies as the Sun are taking on mass much more rapidly than they are dissipating it by the dissipation of energy in heat and light” (“Beam to Kill at 200 miles, Tesla claims,” Joseph Alsop, New York Times, July 11, 1934). Even though I included this quote in Wizard, (p. 424), I did not fully understand what Tesla was trying to say. It took nearly another decade to figure it out.
At first, it seems absurd that a body as hot as the Sun would be absorbing more energy than it was radiating, and the only reason I originally gave it any credence was because Tesla said it. However, the more I thought about it, the more it becomes obvious. Of course stars are absorbing more energy than they are radiating. Otherwise, they would burn out in rather rapid fashion.
I hadn’t yet, however, linked this statement to the idea of “gravity,” or more to the point, to Tesla’s never-revealed dynamic theory of gravity.
The next hint had to do with Tesla’s criticisms of Einstein’s theory of relativity, which he published in a series of articles in the mid-1930’s. Tesla’s main criticism had to do with Einstein’s idea of the curvature of space:
“On a body as large as the sun, it would be impossible to project a disturbance of this kind [e.g., radio broadcasts] to any considerable distance except along the surface. It might be inferred that I am alluding to the curvature of space supposed to exist according to the teachings of relativity, but nothing could be further from my mind. I hold that space cannot be curved, for the simple reason that it can have no properties.… To say that in the presence of large bodies space becomes curved is equivalent to stating that something can act upon nothing. I, for one, refuse to subscribe to such a view.” Nikola Tesla, ‘Pioneer Radio Engineer Gives Views on Power,” New York Herald Tribune, 9/11/1932
This turns out to be a very complex process, but like any great idea, it begins with a simple fundamental premise.
As the title of my book suggests, there has to be something wrong with Einstein’s theory of relativity, because I am hypothesizing that something can travel faster than the speed of light, and that would violate relativity. Let’s start with classical physics. As a youngster, one of my favorite science authors was George Gamow, who happens to be one of the founders of quantum physics. In his watershed book 30 Years that Shook Physics, which recounts what was happening within his field as he lived it, Gamow says something startling. On pages 120-121, Gamow tells the reader that, in the 1920’s, in the process of measuring the rate of electron spin, Goudsmit and Uhlenbeck discovered that the rate was 1.37 times the speed of light!
As Gamow tells us, this did not violate any principle in quantum physics; what it violated was Einstein’s theory of relativity. Thus the physicists of the day had a problem, because relativity had become their new baby. However, what was not well known were two things about Einstein’s views and his theory:
1. Einstein did not do away with the all pervasive ether. If photons, or light particles, traveled more like bullets than waves, say from the Sun to the Earth, then they would not have to go through a medium. Einstein emphasized this particle-like aspect of the photon, but he also knew it also operated like a wave. This resulted in the wrong supposition that Einstein had abandoned ether theory. In fact, he had not; he simply said that by its nature, it could not be detected. As Walter Isaacson points out in his new Einstein biography (2007, p. 318), Einstein wrote to Hendrik Lorentz in explicit terms that the ether did, indeed, exist; and in 1920, he gave a speech on the ether at Leiden University.
2. Roland Clark points out in his earlier Einstein biography (1971, p. 78) that Einstein himself said that if the ether could be detected, then relativity must be wrong.
So, clearly, Einstein had a vested interest in keeping the ether non-detectable. But at the same time, Einstein, in the last 30+ years of his life, was committed to what he called Grand Unification, the ability to unite all four forces of the universe into one overriding force or mathematical interrelated paradigm. The four forces are as follows:
- Strong nuclear force, the binding force for the nucleus (holds the nucleus together)
- Weak nuclear force holds neutrons together (binds protons with electrons within the nucleus)
- Electromagnetism binds atoms and molecules together (the sharing of photons by elementary particles)
- Gravity holds planetary systems together (results in giving matter its mass)
Physicists have, to date, combined the first three, but gravity remains the stickler. It is not an overstatement to say that Einstein spent the bulk of his adult career trying to combine gravity with electromagnetism, but he was never able to accomplish this; so, to this day, Grand Unification still remains the unachieved Holy Grail.
Going back to Goudsmit’s and Uhlenbeck’s discovery, Paul Adrian Dirac figured out a way around the problem. As explained by Gamow, Dirac decided to use the imaginary number i, or the square root of negative one to stand for the tachyonic orthorotational speed of the electron. By using this imaginary number, relativity would not be violated. Relativity could now be combined with quantum physics. So, through this mathematical maneuver, all problems between the two theories were overridden and Dirac was awarded a Nobel Prize for his efforts.
So, as I see it, electrons do indeed spin faster than the speed of light, but if we (that is, the physicists) use an imaginary number, this little fact is neatly side-stepped and Einstein’s theory can remain sacrosanct.
Tesla, however, never abandoned the ether. Neither, we have seen, did Einstein (or Lorentz), but nobody writes about it; and the ether has remained the elephant in the room for more than a century.
Enter theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. Born in 1929 and educated at Cambridge, now a theoretical physicist at the University of Edinburg, Higgs speculated that there was an all-pervasive field, called the Higgs field, that permeates all of space and gives matter its mass. This field is made up of Higgs bosons, which would be small particles that bind this field to matter.
Sounds a lot like ether to me. In point of fact, if you dig hard enough, it becomes quite evident that what Higgs did was reformulate, rename, or rephrase the ether in a term that was palatable to mainstream physicists; but make no mistake, what he is talking about is ether, plain and simple. This Higgs boson, or binding particle, has also been dubbed the God particle, the particle that gives matter its mass. This is the particle that physicists are now looking for with their super-collider at Bern on the Swiss/French border. However, you can bet, they are not looking for a particle or form of energy that is operating in a tachyonic realm, that is, in speeds in excess of the speed of light.
Now, lets return to Tesla and his quote above. Starting with the first sentence about directing a disturbance around the surface of a large body, what Tesla is actually talking about here is two related concepts. The first is the ground connection in radio transmission. The second is why there is the need for the ground connection. In point of fact, what Tesla had neatly done, ultimately throughout his entire life, was carefully obscure the reason why radio broadcasts follow the curvature of the Earth (follow the ground connection). The answer has to do with the single sentence he revealed to Alsop in 1934; namely that the Sun was absorbing more energy than it was radiating.
This, in a nutshell, is Tesla’s dynamic theory of gravity. All matter is constantly absorbing ether all the time at the tachyonic speed of 1.37 times the speed of light. This is the world of ether. By its nature, the ether exists in a realm that transcends the speed of light.
So, what then is gravity according to this theory? Gravity is simply the absorption of ether by, for instance, the earth. The reason we fall back to the earth when we jump up is not because of some mysterious disconnected force called gravity; we fall back to the earth because we are in the way of the influx of ether. That is what gravity is. It is absorption of ether by the elementary particles. It is the elusive Higgs boson, or God particle, the force/process that gives matter its mass. And it happens in a continuous fashion all the time.
That is why radio broadcasts follow the curvature of the earth. As the wave propagates, it is pushed down to the earth by gravity, if you will, by this constant influx of ether. So, according to this theory, the reason light particles bend around stars and planetary bodies is not because space is curved, but because these photons are being affected by this constant influx. This theory further speculates that photons are not really massless, their mass would be equivalent to Planck’s constant, a tiny factor which Planck had to add to all his calculations to make them work out. If photons have energy, and if energy and mass are equivalent, then by definition, photons must have mass.
Now, to solve Einstein’s dream. His goal, we remember, was to combine gravity with electromagnetism. The reason he couldn’t do it was because to do so would involve resurrecting a detectable ether; and if that were the case, then, as Einstein himself stated, his theory of relativity would be wrong. Gravity is the influx of ether by the elementary particles it is the process that gives matter its mass, the so-called God particle. This process occurs at 1.37 times the speed of light. As each elementary particle absorbs ether, two things happen—the process allows or helps the particle to continue spinning and, simultaneously, the energy is converted into electromagnetism. Ether comes in, causes electrons and other elementary particles to spin, and in that process, atoms retain their integrity and convert the constant influx into the electromagnetism, that is, Grand Unification.
Marc J. Seifer, Ph.D. is the author of WIZARD: The Life & Times of Nikola Tesla (Citadel Press) and Transcending the Speed of Light, Consciousness, Quantum Physics and the 5th Dimension (Inner Traditions). For a full biography, you-tubes, and list of his works, please visit his website: marcseifer.com. literally 14 years of daily work