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Why was Tesla obsessed with the number 3? 
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Jul611, 02:20 AM

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I've read plenty of claims that Tesla had an obsession with the number 3. I read about half of his autobiography so far but I didn't come across any mention of the number 3. Anyone know why Tesla had an obsession with the number?



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Jul611, 07:10 PM

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Jul611, 08:35 PM

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Why was Tesla obsessed with the number 3?
I've read:
Man Out Of Time Prodigal Genius My Inventions (autobiography) Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla and I don't recall an obsession with the number three being mentioned in any of them. All I can suppose is that if it was mentioned it didn't figure prominently compared to his other obsessions. 


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Jul611, 08:41 PM

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The author of the wikipedia article on tesla says this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla 


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Jul611, 09:30 PM

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/4278842 http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/strange.htm http://primes.utm.edu/curios/page.php/3.html [http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~noelh/Tesla.htm They're obviously getting this idea from somewhere. I'm gonna read the rest of his autobiography, since on the wiki page its mentioned in the later years category it would be in the 2nd half of his autobiography if thats where these people are getting it from. Funnily enough its exactly 3:33 right now lol. 


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Jul611, 10:11 PM

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Supposedly he has OCD, which would mean the number 3 wouldn't actually have significance, it's just something that got stuck in his head 


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Jul611, 11:55 PM

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Feel free to PM me to know more about OCD!! 


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Jul711, 07:58 AM

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"If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe." http://nerdbusiness.com/blog/369t...ementstrategy I've scoured dozens of them, but as to when and where Tesla said this, no one seems to know. So it may be apocryphal. As to exactly what Tesla might have been referring to, that's even harder to guess, as he was quite guarded with respect to revealing in public details of his many patents. Charles Proteus Steinmetz was the electrical scientist hired by GE to interpret Tesla's patents. So if you have a Steinmetz library (lucky you), you may achieve some insight into Tesla's thinking. One of his proudest achievements was his TMT, (Tesla Magnifying Transmitter), or Tesla transponder. The few that have looked into this at a mathematical and experimental level seem to reach the conclusion that it is a system of resonant transformers harmonically balanced to the electric condition of the Earth...If the phase angle of the earth pulsation frequency lags the phase angle of the pulsating frequency, energy is abstracted from the earth's supply of energy and delivered as "free energy" to the transponders. Three distinct standing waves, each coupled to the other through two points of refraction are involved in its operation. This is GROSSLY simplified to arrive at a possible solution to our 369 problem: It may be surmised: 1) Earth Wave; Space Dimensional; Harmony 2) Inner Transformer; Time Dimensional; Rhythm 3) Resonant Coil; Extra Dimensional; Melody Respectfully submitted, Steve 


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Jul711, 09:31 AM

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I think he was too obsessed with the base10 number system, which the rest of the universe doesn't give two hoots about.
In fact the computer you're using right now cannot give more than 1 hoot before it goes back to 0. 1s and 0s are all it has to make numbers out of. 


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Jul711, 10:21 AM

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Sounds like someone is obsessed with the binary system. Haha. I have never heard about Teslas obsession with base 10. As far as the universe goes, whatever you mean by that, I don't think you can say it 'cares' any less about one base than the other.
 What I do know is that Tesla was a very strange man and is given way too much attention for the wrong things. Yes we all know he developed our AC power system, etc. etc. But that is only a key to one of the ways our civilization has advanced. Many people have developed or invented 'key' ways that our civilization has gone ahead. Think of synthetic rubber. Where would we be if we were not able to rely on the synthetic rubber carrying us up and down the road today? That is a HUGE key in the advancment of our civilization. The only reason Tesla gets so much attention is because he is so darn strange. 


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Jul711, 10:05 PM

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Jul811, 10:59 AM

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Jul1711, 04:36 PM

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Math junkies! Say no to threes!



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Jul2911, 01:33 PM

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The number 3 is the only number that immediately succeeds the number 2 AND precedes the number 4 on a natural number line!
I would certainly say that's worth a bit of obsession. 


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Jul3111, 08:19 PM

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...and yes, I'm basing everything I just wrote on the movie "The Prestige". 


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Jul3111, 10:52 PM

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrases..._to_the_Galaxy Consider also that 1 is the common factor of all the natural numbers, and 1+2+3+7=13 (scary) and 42[itex]\equiv[/itex]3 modulo 13 (gasp!) and 3x13=39 (gasp! gasp!). 


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