Objective: In Chapter 1, "Modern Prometheus," as a young American immigrant in his thirties, Nikola Tesla dazzles his friend Mark Twain in his New York Laboratory with demonstrations of a fireball, electricity exhibition, and an oscillator. The objective of this lesson is to explore Nikola Tesla's motives for demonstrating "illusions" to his colleagues.
1) Class Discussion: Ask the class to answer the following questions that set the stage for the lesson:
* What does Nikola Tesla hold in his hands that does not burn him?
* After Nikola Tesla electrocutes an animal placed on a platform, what happens when Nikola climbs onto the same platform?
* What are the guests' perceptions of Nikola Tesla's fireball?
* What two types of current are involved in the platform experiment?
* About what does Nikola Tesla caution his guests?
2) Small Group Exercise: Divide the class into groups of two or three. Ask each group to discuss the...
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