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COSMIC MUSINGS - An Electric Idea: Nikola Tesla and His New York Laboratory
August 26th, 2019 7:30pm
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Join Marc Alessi, Executive Director of Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, to explore the life and work of one of history’s most influential and enigmatic inventors: NIKOLA TESLA. Tesla was a science visionary whose contributions to humanity include AC electricity, wi-fi, robotics, radio, x-ray technology and much more. In 1901, Tesla began work on his boldest project—a wireless “Radio City” in Shoreham, New York, with an 18-story tower designed to transmit information and electricity around the world. It was an epic achievement surrounded in controversy and scandal that continues to this day. Mr. Alessi will share the remarkable true story of the past, present, and future of Tesla’s last remaining laboratory at Wardenclyffe.



(L) Tesla sitting in front of a spiral coil used in his wireless power experiments at his East Houston St. laboratory in New York.

(R) With its giant arcing sparks and unnerving noise, Griffith Observatory's Tesla coil is one of its most memorable exhibits.


MARC ALESSI is an attorney and entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director of Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe with a mission to develop Nikola Tesla’s historic laboratory into the world’s most innovative museum, education, and entrepreneur center, dedicated to empowering others through science.


He also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Business Incubator Association of New York State.


Marc is the Founder and CEO of SynchroPET, a biomedical device startup located at Stony Brook University’s Long Island High Technology Incubator. He is of counsel to Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP in Ronkonkoma where he runs the Economic Development practice. And he served in the New York State Assembly from 2005-2010.


Currently, Marc lives in Shoreham with his wife and three young children. He is committed to growing opportunities in the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.


Check-in and the Café at the End of the Universe open at 6:00 p.m. The Observatory will be closed to the general public, and the only area/exhibits inside the building open to ticketed guests is in the immediate vicinity of the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theater. The Stellar Emporium will be closed.




Reservations are required to access event parking and enter Griffith Observatory. In the case of sold-out shows, ticket sales will close. There is no wait-list. No refunds are available. All registration closes AUGUST 26, 4:00 p.m.

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