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XI. Plate illustrates discharge passing laterally to the camera from the central coil across the shop to another coil on a vertical stand. The length of the sparks I estimate about 15 feet in this instance, possibly more. The sparks are very powerful and brilliant. The discharge was produced by 50 successive short closures of the switch, the experiment being, of course, performed in the dark. Then an exposure - with the arc lamp 10 min. lens almost open, with an experimenter (Mr. Alley) sitting in the chair - was made. The picture of a human figure was introduced to give an idea of the magnitude of the discharge.

Phot. XI. Discharge passing laterally to the camera from the central coil to another coil on a stand. Mr. Ally is sitting in the chair.


Lowercase tau - an irrational constant defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius, equal to the radian measure of a full turn; approximately 6.283185307 (equal to 2π, or twice the value of π).
A natural rubber material obtained from Palaquium trees, native to South-east Asia. Gutta-percha made possible practical submarine telegraph cables because it was both waterproof and resistant to seawater as well as being thermoplastic. Gutta-percha's use as an electrical insulator was first suggested by Michael Faraday.
The Habirshaw Electric Cable Company, founded in 1886 by William M. Habirshaw in New York City, New York.
The Brown & Sharpe (B & S) Gauge, also known as the American Wire Gauge (AWG), is the American standard for making/ordering metal sheet and wire sizes.
A traditional general-purpose dry cell battery. Invented by the French engineer Georges Leclanché in 1866.
Refers to Manitou Springs, a small town just six miles west of Colorado Springs, and during Tesla's time there, producer of world-renown bottled water from its natural springs.
A French mineral water bottler.
Lowercase delta letter - used to denote: A change in the value of a variable in calculus. A functional derivative in functional calculus. An auxiliary function in calculus, used to rigorously define the limit or continuity of a given function.
America's oldest existing independent manufacturer of wire and cable, founded in 1878.
Lowercase lambda letter which, in physics and engineering, normally represents wavelength.
The lowercase omega letter, which represents angular velocity in physics.