American Experience: Tesla (2016) is a biographical look inside the mind of one of America’s greatest inventors. Nikola Tesla is best remembered for making alternating current the standard by which we power modern society. But this documentary also looks into his business dealings, scientific speculations, numerous electrical patents, and futuristic dreams that made him a scientific prophet, years ahead of his time. This documentary also looks into his eccentricities and his ungrounded imagination which fueled his greatness but was also the cause of his downfall.
Jamie and Adam look into the myth that Nikola Tesla invented an earthquake machine that almost destroyed his research building. Tory, Grant, and Kari look into the myth of the exploding lava lamp and if other containers can explode with deadly consequences. Science concepts discussed include resonance, resonance frequency, feedback, feedback loops, oscillations, wave frequency, energy, wave superposition, kinetic energy, thermal energy, pressure and temperature relationships, the rapid cooling of heated surfaces, and structural integrity.