Lost Lightning: The Missing Secrets of Nikola Tesla

Today, I have for your viewing pleasure, an interesting documentary on one of Steampunk’s most beloved scientists, Nikola Tesla. This documentary is a basic introduction to Tesla’s life and legacy, and if you can get past the attempts to slant the information as some kind of conspiracy for his modern day obscurity, it’s actually relatively informative.

I think it’s safe to assume, given the incredible breadth of Tesla’s genius, that we do not at present know about all of his inventions and the power they contained.  Fortunately, Tesla had a deep personal belief in his duty to protect humanity from the destructive capacities of his inventions and technologies, and worked to ensure that humanity wouldn’t manipulate his discoveries into weapons. He’s an inventor with a true conscience.

Sherlock Holmes Documentary

It’s Friday, hooray! To celebrate the end of the work week, I’ve an interesting documentary of the history behind the creation of Sherlock Holmes.

This documentary focuses on Doctor Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration for the world’s greatest detective. Doctor Bell was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s professor at the University of Edinburgh and a pioneer in Forensics.

It’s a  very well done documentary, and just long enough to entertain and inform without excessive droning. And it’s by the Discovery Channel, which is like one of only two channels I ever watch on the freak occasion that I am watching television.

For those of you who are interested in exploring the writings of the man that inspired Sherlock Holmes and the beginnings of forensic science, please consider partaking in Doctor Bell’s A Manual of the Operations of Surgery, free to view from Google Books. It’s not the most exciting read, but I know many a history buff who would think this this book is squee-worthy.

Tesla: Master of Lightning

To continue my little celebration of all things Tesla, I’d like to present to you all this evening something a bit more pertaining to the life of the influential scientist than cocktails, music and movies (though all of those things are very fun indeed).

This documentary, Tesla: Master of Lightning, is an excellent PBS documentary about Tesla and his inventions. I’ve embedded the first section of the film below, but you can view the entire thing in segments by clicking on the embedded film twice, which will take you to YouTube proper.

You can check out more information on the film by visiting PBS’s website. It’s apparently outdated by the fact that it announces that the documentary will next be aired in 2004… darn, missed it. Still, it does have some interesting information including resources for teachers to support the documentary.