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Tesla's Death Beam

One of Nikola Tesla's long-standing goals was to create a technological method for ending warfare. In 1934, he unveiled his "death beam," which was trumpeted on the front page of the NY Times as an invention that could "send concentrated beams of particles through the free air, of such tremendous energy that they will bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 250 miles..." Tesla explained that the death beam would make war unfeasible as each nation could have their own "invisible Chinese wall." Read more at pbs.org.

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