[Is] God Hidden in Science [?] An African Perspective!
An exceptional Zimbabwean inventor, Maxwell Chikumbutso, asserts that “God was [his] professor” – hum! Can this be a serious claim from the man who has developed several outstanding prototypes, among which a generator that converts “radio frequencies” into “electricity” or an electric car that uses the same principle? What does the uncanny have to do with science? I don’t have the answers to these questions. But Maxwell Chikumbutso is not the first genius who claims that his inventions were “inspired” or “revealed”.
I read My Inventions*, the autobiography of Nikola Tesla who is one of the most exceptional inventors in history. He is the mind who conceived, to make things simple, the first hydro-electric turbine; thus giving birth to the first electric power plant at Niagara Falls in the United States in 1895. Thanks to Tesla, the electrification of the world became reality. He also conceived prototypes related to free energy technologies, among others. Indeed, there are speculations about the number of patents he actually held – 280 or more than 700 worldwide!
Now, what do Nikola Tesla and Maxwell Chikumbutso have in common? On page 8 of his autobiography, Nikola Tesla wrote the following:
Then I instinctively commenced to make excursions beyond the limits of the small world of which I had knowledge, and saw new scenes. […] and so I began to travel — of course in my mind. Every night (and sometimes during the day), when alone, I would start on my journeys — see new places, cities and countries — live there, meet people and make friendships and acquaintances and, however unbelievable, it is a fact that they were just as dear to me as those in actual life and not a bit less intense in their manifestations.
On page 22, he goes on:
[…] I saw in a flash of light a familiar diagram illustrating the hydraulic principle that the pressure of a fluid in motion is proportionate to the area exposed […]
While on page 44 he asserts:
[…] As I uttered these inspiring words the idea came like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams shown six years later in my address before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and my companion understood them perfectly. The images I saw were wonderfully sharp and clear and had the solidity of metal and stone, so much so that I told him: “see my motor here, watch me reverse it.
As for Maxwell Chikumbutso, he says:
It may sound crazy, but God was my professor.
Visions of blueprints clouded my mind. I could not stop them.
The images of different parts, and how they worked, were revealed to me.
I had never studied any of these. God was giving it to me.
It seems that the line between “Mysteries” and “Science” is crossed by these two inventors. If Maxwell has not yet reached the fame of Nikola Tesla, the latter cannot be denied his own writings and his numerous inventions, most of them kept secret by the US military complex, prove that his genius was fascinating because it was acquired beyond the space-time conundrum.
Now, is God hidden in science? Probably not God as an entity that has a long black beard. However, it appears that Tesla and Chikumbutso see things in a “dimension” that triggers either curiosity or mockery. Chikumbutso has difficulty selling his idea because what he claims defies the “laws of physics”. And Tesla had the same problem, too. This is because what they claim is, according to the inventors, revealed. We may or may not believe them, but it is quite interesting that Tesla who worked on free energy and Chikumbutso who also works on free energy are asserting having had “visions” of their inventions.
In Ancient times – in Ancient Egypt – when Africans were at the top of science, there was no demarcation between physics and metaphysics. And guess what! They worked wonders. The truth is that there are many scientists and inventors in the world, not only Africans, who do see, like Chikumbutso or Tesla, what they term “god or a strange force” in science. It’s just that it is currently politically and scientifically incorrect to say so.
By Rudy L. Massamba
* My Inventions, The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla – Martino Publishing, Mansfield Center, CT, 2011. Originally published in several installments for the Magazine Electrical Experimenter, 1919
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