Science Art: Tesla Coil: high-frequency discharge demonstrator, Welch Scientific Company, 1931

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Electrical history from PW Lanier and the Minneapolis Institute of Art:

This tabletop Tesla coil was likely made for science classes, producing long, impressive sparks in the air and lighting a fluorescent tube held at a distance. Since a Tesla coil is really a radio transmitter without an antenna, Tesla is credited with helping invent the radio—he filed the first radio patent. And his legacy continues today, with his namesake battery-powered automobile and Tesla coils that are still made by hobbyists, demonstrating the beauty of machines that produce electricity.

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