4.15.2020

Nikola Tesla Predicted Muon Catalyzed Fusion

"If anything of considerable practical value is ever achieved in this direction it will be by the use of quasi-intelligent agent causing a sorting and regimentation of the particles and their orderly arrangement as required in the formation of a new structure. Such a power is possessed by a catalist and it will be eventually harnessed and controlled successfully for all sorts of purposes."



Here is the context of the quote from his paper on electro-static generators:

While it is quite evident that exceptionally favorable conditions for accurate observation will be realized in this instrument, it is highly probable that the attempts to smash the atomic nucleus and to transmute elements will yield results of doubtful value. Certainly, much of the ingenuity and skill now devoted to these illusionary tasks might be better employed. The nucleus is a neutral body consisting of tightly packed particles of the same kind which were originally positive and negative. When the body is smashed the particles again acquire their charges, without distinction, and instantly form neutral pairs so that we have nothing for our pains. It is folly to expect useful results from transmutation brought about through such bombarding of targets. If anything of considerable practical value is ever achieved in this direction it will be by the use of quasi-intelligent agent causing a sorting and regimentation of the particles and their orderly arrangement as required in the formation of a new structure. Such a power is possessed by a catalist and it will be eventually harnessed and controlled successfully for all sorts of purposes.

I added this line to the history of muon catalyzed fusion article in wikipedia:
[[Nikola Tesla]]<ref>{{cite magazine |first=Nikola |last=Tesla |authorlink=Nikola Tesla |title=Possibilities of Electro-Static Generators |magazine=Scientific American |volume=March |year=1934 |pages=115, 132-134, 163-165 |url=https://teslauniverse.com/nikola-tesla/articles/possibilities-electro-static-generators }}</ref> predicted the use of a catalyst in electric nuclear transmutation experiments in 1934.

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