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Nikola Tesla: Research in High Frequency Phenomena, 1894

Continued Progress

Tesla continued his work on power generation, making occasional announcements of progress which reached the press. He mentioned many discoveries but supplied no experimental details. He had enough money to live and remained always optimistic. There was talk of Tesla having invented a "death ray beam" and he spoke of sending a beam from earth to the dark side of the moon. The discovery of atomic physics sent Tesla's mind racing to cosmic possibilities as he celebrated what he saw as the reach of man nearing that of the Creator. He described himself as "merely an automaton endowed with power of movement, responding to the stimuli of the sense organs and thinking and acting accordingly."

His admiration for the human mind stood in contrast to his definition of the human body as "a meat machine which responds to external forces."

Tesla died of heart failure, a forgotten man, on January 7, 1943, the Orthodox Christmas Day in that year. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately removed the papers from Tesla's safe, citing wartime security concerns. His funeral was conducted in New York, and his body was cremated.