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Why is Nikola Tesla’s obsession with the Great Pyramid?

Nikola Tesla's obsession with the Great Pyramid

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Standing Towering height of 481 feet (146.5 meters), with a total mass of approximately 6.5 million tons resulted from the lineup of 2.3 million pieces of stone on top of each other, weighing each one nearly three tons, the problem of one of the most monumental architecture intriguing and surprising on the planet , Is the Great Pyramid of Giza, the pyramid of Khufu .

On the other side, there is one of the most intelligent and ingenious human edifices, the pyramid in the human world, Nikola Tesla. So what is the story that combines these two phenomena, and was Tesla really obsessed with the Great Pyramid of Khufu!

Nikola Tesla’s obsession with the Great Pyramid

Two years ago, a series of interesting and unusual articles and videos appeared on the Internet that talk about Nikola Tesla’s obsession with the Great Pyramid in Giza, and about the relationship between the pyramids and the patent presented by Tesla, which is “the art of transmitting electrical energy through natural circles.”

Nikola Tesla's obsession with the Great Pyramid
A hypothetical relationship between the Great Pyramid and the Tesla Tower

The author of the article entitled “ Why was Nikola Tesla obsessed with the Egyptian pyramids ” and which spread on websites as wildfire spread, says that Nikola Tesla, a scientist and genius inventor, was obsessed with many unusual issues, and one of his most bizarre obsessions was the pyramids . Tesla believed that these structures were built to serve a supreme purpose that is much greater than being Pharaonic tombs. Rather, he asked whether these huge structures were gigantic energy transmitters, and these ideas coincided with his research on how to transmit energy wirelessly.

According to the article, Nikola Tesla filed an application in the United States of America in 1905 for a patent on his research “The Art of Transmitting Electrical Energy through Natural Media”, in which he outlined a set of designs for a series of generators around the world that would use the ionosphere. To transmit electrical energy, its triangular design came to be known as the electromagnetic Tesla pyramid.

Nikola Tesla's obsession with the Great Pyramid
Tesla Tower to transmit electrical power wirelessly

According to Tesla, it was not only the shape of the pyramids that were characteristic of them, but rather their geographical location that contributed to the emergence of their power. He built his laboratory known as “Tesla Experimental Station” in Colorado Springs in the United States of America, and also built his famous “Wardencliffe Tower” or Tesla Tower on the east coast of “Long Island” in order to use it in transmitting wireless communications by making use of the Earth’s energy field. . As for the relationship between these installations and the pyramids; The writer says that Tesla chose the locations of these constellations according to laws related to the geographical location of the pyramids of Giza, which are related to the relationship that exists between the elliptical orbit of the planet and the equator.

Pyramid of Khufu
The Great Pyramid of Giza

In addition, the writer says that Tesla was obsessed with the world of numbers and especially these numbers (3,6,9), which he believed were the key to the universe. Some believed that Tesla’s obsession with these numbers stemmed from his preference for hierarchical shapes and the belief in the existence of basic mathematical laws and ratios that were part of the universal language of mathematics.

The truth about Nikola Tesla’s obsession with the Great Pyramid in academia

When searching the scholarly references on Tesla’s obsession with the Great Pyramid, no academic papers related to the topic were found. A researcher who specializes in reviewing Tesla’s work has stated that, although he has been involved in practical and theoretical research on Tesla’s work for twenty years, he never encountered a single word related to the pyramids that was mentioned in any related document or official statement issued by Tesla. 🙄

Nikola Tesla's obsession with the Great Pyramid
There is no evidence of Tesla’s obsession with the Great Pyramid

Rather, this researcher went further, consulting many of the researchers more specialized in the work and life of Tesla, who had studied his work for decades with devotion, and declared that they were not aware of any written or oral statement in which Tesla might have spoken about the pyramids. The truth, according to this scientist, is that Tesla was not obsessed with pyramids, and rather did not mention them in his works at all.

So, although Nikola Tesla’s obsession with the Great Pyramid may not be real, many sites and even some academic sites have tried to find a common denominator between these two giants, and most of them have resorted to some very distinct mathematical constants in our world such as the golden ratio and number. How!

Golden Ratio

Most of you have probably heard of the number called the golden ratio, the ratio that has fascinated humanity over thousands of years, and which many authors and writers (including the writer of The Da Vinci Code) believe is the basis of all the beautiful patterns and designs found in nature to the point that it is called Relative to the divine.

Nikola Tesla's obsession with the Great Pyramid
Golden Ratio

But what is the golden ratio?

It is denoted by the symbol φ (phi), and the ancient Greek mathematician “ Euclid ” defined it as follows: If you have a line segment (c), you want to divide it into two parts; So that the ratio between the length of the total segment and the longest part (a) of the two pieces is the same as the ratio between the length of the longest part of the two pieces (a) and the shorter part (b), and this ratio is approximately equal to the number (1.61803), which is an irrational (standard) number.

That is, c / a = a / b = 1.618

This ratio can be used to create various shapes like rectangle, triangle or spiral. As usual, there have been many beliefs and claims (not supported by sufficient evidence) that describe the existence of this ratio in various aspects of life, such as its harmony with many biological systems, the human genome, and in many ancient architectural works such as the Parthenon Leonardo da Vinci as the Mona Lisa and the Vitruvian Man , and others.

Nikola Tesla's obsession with the Great Pyramid
Claims of the existence of the golden ratio in many works of art

But although many of these claims are incorrect or exaggerated, this does not affect the magnificence of this number represented by the golden ratio, but rather it does not need all of those false claims to make it truly special. As there are many natural phenomena that are associated with the golden ratio, the most famous of which is the association of this ratio with the famous Fibonacci series.

It is the sequence (… ..1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21) that the scientist Leonardo Fibonacci established in 1202 AD, in which each term results from the addition of the two terms preceding it, and the larger the numbers, the closer the ratio of each term To his previous limit of the value of the golden ratio.

The Fibonacci sequence appears in nature with certainty, as it relates to the method of population growth, and the way the shapes can be arranged together. For example, this sequence can be seen in the spiral distribution of seeds in sunflowers, in the way the leaves of some plants line up on the stem so that one leaf does not prevent another leaf from capturing the sun’s rays, and in the ratio of males versus females in the hives. Thus, it can be said that the golden ratio and close ratios can really be observed in many natural phenomena around us .

But what is the common denominator between Tesla, the Great Pyramid and the Golden Ratio?

In 1901 Nikola Tesla began building one of his most ambitious projects or that premature dream, the Wardencliffe Tower, also called Tesla Tower, based on one of his most revolutionary ideas: building a universal wireless communication system by using planet Earth itself as a conductor. These ideas were not without a scientific basis, as he was already able to prove the possibility of transmitting high-frequency signals without wired connections, using a “Tesla coil”, which is his transformer.

And transmitting information wirelessly was not only Tesla’s dream, but his goal was to find a way to transmit electrical energy wirelessly through the upper atmosphere of the planet, so he planned to build the Wardencliffe Tower as a prototype for a network of towers extending across the world that transmits wireless energy around the world. But the tower was demolished later in 1917.

Sources say that the total height of the Tesla Tower was 93 meters, so that the length of the above-ground part (57 meters), and the length of the underground part (depth = 36 meters), the ratio of the total length to the upper part is (1.63 = 93/57) And it’s a ratio somewhat close to the golden ratio.

In addition to the golden ratio, another distinctive number appeared in the measurements of the Tesla Tower is the number π (pi), which is defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and it is also an irrational number equal to approximately (3.14). According to the source, the ratio of the upper part of the tower to the lower part is (1.58 = 57/36), which is very close to the value of / 2.

These mathematical values ​​were repeated frequently in Tesla’s calculations, for example, Tesla specified the resonant frequency of the system (f = 89.42 kHz) and the resonant frequency value of the basic circuit (f = 56.4 kHz). Likewise, the ratio of the resonant frequency of the system to the primary circuit is (1.58), which is also close to the value of / 2.

Let’s go back to the pyramids now, if we take a cross section in the Great Pyramid we will get what is called the Egyptian Triangle, which is a distinct triangle because it is supposed to have the golden ratio. The height of the pyramid is (146,515 meters), the length of the base (230,363 meters), the length of the inclined side (186,369 meters). In a triangle, we obtain the golden ratio (if it exists) by dividing the oblique height by half the base, i.e.:

186.369 ÷ 115.182 = 1.61804

Egyptian Triangle
Egyptian Triangle

This ratio differs from the golden ratio by only one number in the fifth decimal place!

In addition to the golden ratio, the ratio is also found in the Great Pyramid. If we divide the circumference of the pyramid by its height, we get a ratio very close to the value 2π, which is really surprising if we compare it with the fact that if we divide the circumference of the circle by its radius, we get a value of 2π. Some scholars have assumed from the previous results that the Great Pyramid may be intended to be a model representing the spherical Earth, so that the height of the pyramid corresponds to the radius that connects the center of the Earth and the North Pole, and the circumference of the pyramid represents the circumference of the globe at the equator. While others say that the construction of the pyramid was based on ancient Egyptian mathematics, so the emergence of the ratio π may be a foregone conclusion.

So, we must wonder: Are these similar ratios between the Great Pyramid and Tesla inspired by strange coincidence or trickery, or is Nikola Tesla’s obsession with the Great Pyramid was real, who once dreamed of using planet Earth itself as a conductor in his experiments.

Nikola Tesla's obsession with the Great Pyramid
Nikola Tesla is a scientist who came too soon

In the end, we see that many today among the pioneers of social media or some thinkers, writers and scientists often try to find a link between a civilization and a scientist, or between a number and a tree branch, perhaps for entertainment or for fame or as an attempt to show some magic in this world, and they may have overlooked the truth. Magic exists without the need for all these complications, it is found in nature, in civilizations, in science, without the need for proof.

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