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Tesla's Experiments With Resonancewhat follows is part of an article and interview with Tesla by Allan L. Benson,published in The World To-Day, Vol. XXI, No. 8, February 1912, Page 1763-1767.The principle embodied in [experiments with resonance] interested Tesla, and hedetermined to try it upon a larger scale. He ordered from a steel company asteel link, two feet long and two inches thick. He was careful to specify thatthe steel should be of the best quality. As a matter of fact, the link wasstrong enough to bear a weight of hundreds of tons.Tesla fastened to this link an electric vibrator, no larger than an alarm-clock, but so constructed that the frequency of the vibrations could be alteredat will. He set the vibrator to going and then began to vary the vibrationsfor the purpose of getting the vibrator in "tune" with the link. For a longtime, nothing happened -- the vibrations of the link and of the machine did notchance to coincide. But at last he got them together, the great steel linkbegan to tremble, increased its trembling until it dilated and contracted likea beating heart -- and finally broke!Sledge hammers could not have done it; crowbars could not have done it, but afusillade of taps, no one of which would have harmed a baby, did it.Tesla was pleased. He had learned something. He wanted to learn more. He puthis little vibrator in his coat pocket and went out to hunt a half-erectedsteel building. Down in the Wall Street district, he found one -- ten storiesof steel framework without a brick or a stone laid around it. He clamped hisvibrator to one of the beams, and fussed with the adjustment until he got it."In a few minutes", he said, "I could feel the beam trembling. Gradually, thetrembling increased in intensity and extended throughout the whole great massof steel. Finally, the structure began to creak and weave, and the steel-workers came to the ground panic-stricken, believing that there had been anearthquake. Rumors spread that the building was about to fall, and the policereserves were called out. Before anything serious happened, I took off thevibrator, put it in my pocket and went away. But if I had kept on ten minutesmore, I could have laid that building flat in the street. And, with the samevibrator, I could drop Brooklyn Bridge into the East River in less than anhour."Tesla says that he can split the earth in the same way -- split it as a boywould split an apple -- and forever end the career of man.This seems like quite a large order -- but see what he says about it."The vibrations of the earth," said he, "have a periodicity of approximatelyone hour and forty-nine minutes. That is to say, if I strike the earth thisinstant, a wave of contraction goes through it that will come back in one hourand forty-nine minutes in the form of expansion. As a matter of fact, theearth, like everything else, is in a constant state of vibration. It isconstantly contracting and expanding."Now, suppose that at the precise moment when it begins to contract, I explodea ton of dynamite. That accelerates the contraction and, in one hour andforty-nine minutes, there comes an equally accelerated wave of expansion. Whenthe wave of expansion ebbs, suppose I explode another ton of dynamite, thusfurther increasing the wave of contraction. And, suppose this performance berepeated, time after time. Is there any doubt as to what would happen? Thereis no doubt in my mind. The earth would be split in two. For the first time

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