Ask Slashdot: Could Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower Have Worked?

dryriver writes: For those who are unfamiliar with the story, from
1901-1902, inventor Nikola Tesla had a 187-foot-tall experimental
wireless electricity transmission tower called the “Wardenclyffe
Tower” built in Shoreham, New York. Tesla believed that it was
possible to generate electrical power on a large scale in one part
of the world and transmit that electrical power to electrical
receivers in far away parts of the world wirelessly, using parts of
Earth’s atmosphere as the conducting medium. Tesla had huge
problems getting the project financed — powerful banker J.P.
Morgan didn’t play along and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson didn’t
help a pleading Tesla either. An excerpt from a Wardenclyffe
documentary shows the tower finally being dynamited and sold for
scrap in 1917. The Wardenclyffe Tower never reached operational
status; wireless electrical transmission between continents never
happened; Tesla became an emotionally broken man who died
regretting that he did not manage to finish his life’s work; and to
this day nobody knows exactly how the Wardenclyffe Tower was
supposed to function technically. To the question: Do you believe
that Tesla’s dream of electrical devices anywhere in the world
essentially being able to draw electrical power from the sky with a
relatively simple antenna could have worked, had he gotten the
necessary funding to complete his experiments?


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Ask Slashdot: Could Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower Have Worked?