Tesla’s formula to end warfare revealed at Harvard
Harvard University Center for European Studies and the Harvard College South Slavic Society brought to light, on Wednesday afternoon, February 11, 2015 a new face of the famous inventor Nikola Tesla. Electrical engineer and prolific inventor, Nikola Tesla is one of the few scientists who dedicated himself to achieving peace in a very tangible way. Tesla developed a number of inventions that could prevent wars. Tesla embodied his pacifism through several types of invention: machines for the prevention of armed conflict, energy shields, and the development of teleautomatics.
The Tesla book launch event hosted at Harvard Center for European Studies Busch Hall began with introductory lecture « Exploring the legacy of Nikola Tesla through UNESCO Networks » delivered by Aleksandar Protic, Director of Tesla Memory Project and Federal Counselor at UNESCO Federation of France. It was followed by a panel discussion revolving around the newly released book « The Essential Nikola Tesla: Peace Building Endeavor » published jointly by Energy Innovation Center TESLIANUM from Belgrade, Tesla Memory Project from Paris and UNESCO Center for Peace from Washington.
The first panelist, Columbia University professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, outlined Tesla’s ethical principles and unique lessons to posterity. Guy Djoken, Director of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation Center for Peace, revisited Tesla’s leadership skills. Mirjana Prljevic, President of Energy Innovation Center TESLIANUM; Executive Director, Peace and Crises Management Foundation; Worldwide adviser for Strategic Positioning had focused on Tesla as an example of ideal strategist. Srdjan Pavlovic, Associate Director of the Tesla Memory Project and President of the Tesla cross-cultural Forum in Frankfurt explored Tesla’s creative agent. Zorica Civric, Senior Curator at the Belgrade Museum of Science and Technology, prospected the analogy between Tesla’s and Shakespeare’s geniuses. Rave Mehta, the bestselling nonfiction graphic novel author, inquired into Tesla’s mindset and creativity.
Nikola Tesla’s scientific achievements were being developed with his continuous efforts to bring peace and well-being to mankind. While it is widely accepted that Tesla’s inventions were completely applicable, it is not so well known that his efforts to bring peace and prosperity of mankind were also very concrete.
In a predominantly academic audience, the panel was also attended by diplomats, scientists, humanitarians and entrepreneurs.