Tesla's Army-Destroying "Death Beam"
Tesla's hypothetical "death beam" was called Teleforce, and he envisioned it as a charged particle beam projector. Though he claimed it would have the power to take down entire armies, he hoped that dispensing it worldwide would lead to a global stalemate, and thus, peace.
Key Facts In This Video
Nikola Tesla invented the induction motor at age 24. (0:25)
By inventing an energy system that used the Earth as a conductor, Tesla hoped to provide everyone with free electricity. (1:45)
After Tesla's death, the U.S. government took possession of his notes before eventually sending them to Europe. (3:03)