At the time when his enthusiasm for the influence of science on our everyday life was in the ascending phase, the first way of his thinking about the energy problems of mankind, we find in a lecture he held in Columbia College in 1891, the United States:
„Mi se kovitlamo kroz beskrajni svemir neverovatnom brzinom, sve oko nas se vrti, sve se kreće, svuda je energija. Mora postojati neki način da pristupimo ovoj energiji direktnije. Tada, sa svetlošću koje ćemo dobiti iz okolne sredine, sa energijom koju ćemo iz nje izvući, sa svakim oblikom energije koji ćemo dobiti bez napora, iz neiscrpnih izvora, čovečanstvo će napredovati džinovskim koracima. Sama pomisao na ove veličanstvene mogućnosti uznosi naš um, jača naše nade i ispunjava naša srca vrhunskim zadovoljstvom.”
Nikola Tesla predicted the future consequences of his inventions and, at the beginning of the 20th century, he was talking about global problems of mankind. After discovering the resonant frequencies of the planet Earth, in 1899, on which his project of the World Wireless Problem of Power was based, he saw a revolution in all spheres of human life that will be brought by his inventions and those who will follow. In 1900, he wrote and published in the US study “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy” in which he exposed some of the problems humanity would encounter shortly in its development and proposed certain solutions.
After refusing leading investors to invest in his wireless energy transfer project, which seemed too ambitious and insurmountable, Tesla began to think more critically about the trends of the development of the modern world and made a series of predictions about the consequences that they would bring. It’s the time of the ’20s and ’30s of the 20th century when he talks about the need to:
– preserve the energy supplies of mankind,
– looking for new, renewable and alternative energy sources,
– going on to a more moderate development and on lower consumption,
– tends to culture oriented to universal human values and true education,
– changing the habits of the poor people of the planet for balanced development.
The value of Tesla as an authentic and brilliant thinker of the sustainable development of the world is not known to a wider audience and only within a small number of researchers.
Doc. Dr. Branimir Jovanović – Biography
He was born on February 12th, 1955 in Belgrade, where he graduated in 1981 at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering with the topic “Tesla Works in Aerospace”. He devoted much of his research and scientific work to understanding the personality and work of Nikola Tesla. He obtained his master degree in 1987 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, the scientific field of history and philosophy of science with the theme “Tesla research in mechanical engineering – mechanical oscillators”. He received his doctorate in 1995 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade with prof. Vladimir Šolaja with the theme “Tesla’s contribution to the methodology of research in mechanical engineering”. For many years he was the director of the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade. At the beginning of 2006, he launched an initiative to establish the Tesla Center. Since 2007 he has been the director of the consulting and project of the company Energonova d.o.o. which operates within the holding of the Alliance and deals with renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. He is the author of numerous works and studies in the field of history of science, sustainable development and renewable energies, several domestic and international projects, four books of which the most important monograph is “Tesla – spirit, work, vision” issued in 2001. He is also the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Alterenergo” for renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. He lectures at the basic studies of the Faculty of Applied Ecology, about sustainable development and risk assessment in the environment, and in the master studies the system of environmental safety.