Danger High Voltage! Talk to explore electrical inventions

The life and work of electrical engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla will be explored at a free talk in Aberdeen on Wednesday (June 18).

Dr Ken Skeldon, Head of Public Engagement with Research at the University of Aberdeen will discuss Tesla’s revolutionary contributions and inventions in the field of electricity at Waterstones Union Bridge branch at 7pm.

The evening will also feature a live demonstration of one of Tesla’s most famous inventions, the Tesla Coil.

The discussion is the latest in the University’s Cafe Scientifique 2014 series, which brings topical issues in science to a public audience.

Dr Skeldon said: “Tesla’s contribution to the electrical industry is often overlooked in comparison to his contemporaries, such as Thomas Edison. However the electricity transmission systems he proposed are in fact essentially those we rely on today.

“I’ll explore Tesla’s pathway from Europe to America and the discoveries and inventions that have made his name synonymous with high voltage and artificial lightning”

The talk, entitled Danger High Voltage, will be an informal evening offering plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Full details of this and other programmes in the Café Scientifique series can be found at www.engagingaberdeen.co.uk . Cafe Scientifique is supported by a science engagement grant from the Scottish Government.