"So we find that the three possible solutions of the great problem of increasing human energy are answered by the three words: food, peace, work. Many a year I have thought and pondered, lost myself in speculations and theories, considering man as a mass moved by a force, viewing his inexplicable movement in the light of a mechanical one, and applying the simple principles of mechanics to the analysis of the same until I arrived at these solutions, only to realize that they were taught to me in my early childhood… Their scientific meaning and purpose now clear to me: food to increase the mass, peace to diminish the retarding force, and work to increase the force accelerating human movement. These are the only three solutions which are possible of that great problem, and all of them have one object, one end, namely, to increase human energy…"
FIRST PRINTING of arguably Tesla's most famous essay, his classic and prescient article on solving some of the most important problems facing the modern world. Illustrated with 10 striking black and white photographs.
Telsa's solutions to the problem of "increasing human energy" include, among other things, discussions of robotics, changes in agriculture and food production, and the remarkably foresighted possibility of harnessing solar energy.
IN: The Century Magazine, Vol. LX, No. 2, June 1900, pp. 175-211. New York: The Century Company, 1900. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter cloth over marbled boards; custom silk box with leather label. The volume contains three issues (April, May, June 1900) bound together. A few marks to binding, ink notation on general title. Text and Tesla article fine.