The Serbian-American physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) was the inventor of the eponymous Tesla Coil.
He originally invented the Tesla Coil in order to transmit electricity without the use of wires. While this did not pan out quite as he had hoped, his invention still finds its use today. The coil is the perfect tool to explore and demonstrate the effects of high frequency alternating current (AC). To us this machine has two key merits: it can simulate lightning through the discharge of electric current in the surrounding air and it can be used to accompany music – both forming excellent preconditions for tantalising stage shows.