Born in a small village outside Riga Latvia on August 10th 1887. As legend has it Ed was engaged to be married to Agnes Scoff his sweet sixteen. Agnes called off the wedding the day before and soon after Ed left Latvia for the new world. Little is known of Ed’s life in Latvia, we know that his grandfather taught him to be a stone mason. He however winds up in a lumber mill in Canada. It’s here where Ed contracted Tuberculous. As his condition worsened he headed for better climates. We know in 1919 he makes it Florida. He meets a real-estate agent named Moser. Moser and his wife take Ed in and nursed him back to health. Ed claimed he was looking for just the right land. And he would know it when he found it. Moser took Ed around and showed him all the best available farm land, which Ed always rejected. His odd demeanor coupled with the way he would prod the prospected lands led people to speculate Ed was looking for buried treasure. Sometime in early 1922 Ed had found just the right land. To Moser it was the worse possible land in all of Florida. It was solid bedrock of fossilized coral. Ed was insistent and Bought the land for $12 dollars. With in a few weeks Moser and his wife came to check up on Ed and the first signs of Ed’s genius. On a simple chain hoist made of telephone poles, as an immense carved block of Coral, just hanging there perfectly level perfectly calm. And in no time Rock gate is built. If you haven’t seen Coral Castle or heard of Ed Leedskalnin Click here . or click here for the In Search Of episode of Coral Castle. Ed started work in 1922 and finished by 1928. Ed then for reasons only known to Ed, He disassembled Rock Gate and moved it stone by stone, 10 miles away to Homestead, where over the next 3 years he reassembled Rock Gate by 1940. In all the stones at Coral castle weigh a combined 3million pounds. A single wall stone weighs in greater than any single block of the great pyramids. Some of these wall Obelisks weigh over 30 tons. And for all the architectural achievements accomplished by a poor Latvian immigrant with a fourth grade education, is only a fraction of Ed Leedskalnin’s true genius. We may never know exactly how Ed did this all himself. But if we are going to try, we have to start with how Ed built his generator, and why it sounded like music when it ran? On the fly-wheel Ed installed 24 magnets in a six pointed start pattern. this way all poles north and south are pushing outward. If we picture how an alternator works inside maybe you will understand some of Ed’s genius. As the rotor spins inside the stator coil it is producing an electromagnetic field. It is also creating a counter force working against the rotor. So whats happening is the rotor is being stopped completely by this counter force, then restarted and stopped and the process is completely counter productive and highly inefficient. In his one of his pamphlets of magnetic currents Leedskalnin identified this fundamental flaw and a way to correct it. lets picture the rotor as a simple bar magnet, it has a north and south pole. So as the north pole of the magnet is pushed across the copper windings of stator, an electromagnetic field is created. This field is then reversed once the south pole of the magnet passes through the stator on the same path. The result is two equal fields of opposite polarity, and they cancel each other out. Causing the rotor to stop spinning and needing the constant kinetic energy from the crank shaft to keep it spinning. By Leedskalnin’s design all the magnetic fields are generated and pushed outward. In this way no two fields work against each other and no energy is lost in the field convergence. And once the fields were established the generator becomes self-sufficient. But was the added harmonics a byproduct of tampering with a well-balanced harmonic device? Or was it a desired effect? The generator is still on the site, though pieces are missing. I wonder what it would take to get it running again?
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