The Work of Louis Rota

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The work of Luigi Giovani Valerio Rota 1886-1951 By Mike Watson


L.G.V Rota in a wind tunel

L.G.V. Rota was a Frenchman of Italian origin. He was born 1886 and died in Genesieux near Valence, France in 1951. His early life is relatively unknown. He was involved in early aviation and experiments in wireless communication and also anti-gravitation. He originated in northern Italy and was contemporary with Marconi so that he was almost certainly influenced by his work. Rota wrote little about his discovery: The Universal Current. He produce two short booklets, based on seminars, one in collaboration with a medical Doctor Kresser, and another in which he briefly outlined his work, but with only general details as to how the universal energy he claimed to have discovered was tapped or used. Neither was there any significant theory. However, Rota did discuss his research with one or two confidants, notably a man called Slade who wrote some articles on Rota’s work. Later, after Rota’s death the author visited his laboratory, obtained some of Rota’s laboratory notes and examined some apparatus. Some years later the author met Rota’s son and he showed me apparatus and notes I had not previously seen. Using this data and after many experiments over the years, it has been possible to piece together to some extent a coherent idea of Rota’s discoveries.

A Rota's block

Around the time of the end of first world war, Luigi Giovani Valerio Rota discovered a new naturally occurring non-electromagnetic energy which, he claimed, controlled the manifestation of all matter. This energy, which he called the Universal Current, flows some few meters below the earth’s surface. The energy flowing within the earth generates a field in the atmosphere. It was tapped by large buried laminated metallic structures which Rota called blocks. The energy could light lamps, power machines, inhibit electromagnetic propagation such as radio waves and stop or control electromagnetic induction, and also develop antigravity effects and is involved in the life process. Rota maintained that all matter is made of condensed Universal Currents and that any metal could be slowly dissolved releasing the condensed Universal Currents from which it was made. The enormous energy developed during the dissolution of matter could be harnessed. The released energy was not in the form of charged particles but in the form of more Universal Current, which in turn, could be converted into electrical energy. The Universal Current was generally (but not always) harmless and although similar in behavior to electricity it is much more fundamental. Rota understood electricity as a degeneration of the Universal Current. In short, matter is composed of nothing but Universal Current and could be decomposed back into it.

Early research

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Rota’s early interests seem to have been in aviation and possibly early wireless transmission, but there is no information surviving from this period. At this time (1910-1915) he had a laboratory in Marseilles and it was there that he devised and experimented on several unusual aircraft which finally resulted in what he called the “Stabilisiteur”(a description is given later in this document) which he defined as a device that floats weightless in the air. He claimed:

“The device works by opposing the magnetic and electric field of the earth rendering the device weightless”.

This claim would at first sight appear impossible, nevertheless the device worked and later a version was given a public demonstration and reported in the press at the time. During one of these experiments he touched the Stabilisiteur and received an enormous electric shock which rendered him unconscious for 50 minutes. Rota said that the voltages and currents used in the machine were very small and he could not understand how a potential of such a large magnitude build up. The search for a solution, ultimately lead him to the discovery of the Universal Current. This unknown energy, he thought, had amplified the small electric current used in the machine.

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Around 1910-1918 on the suggestion of one of his teachers Rota seems to have been involved in investigating earth currents. Lord Kelvin had advanced the notion that due to non-uniformities in the earth’s magnetic field earth currents are produced as the earth rotates in its own magnetic field. Rota’s notes of the period show that he thought the telluric currents originated deep within the earth itself and were not external in origin, in short, he had adopted Lord Kelvin’s view. He found that magnetic fields produced by these currents were perturbed by the presence of ships aircraft etc and Rota used this effect to locate the position of ships and aircraft at a distance. He took out patents on the associated apparatus, the text of which is below, and he used a version of it in all his later research. Although he thought that the magnetic disturbances which the apparatus was detecting were caused by telluric currents, around 1923 he started to change his mind. Sometime later he finally decided that the apparatus was detecting a much more fundamental energy of which electromagnetism was a mere byproduct, this energy he called the “Universal Current” because, in his view, it lay at the root of all physical phenomena including the life process.

Mt St Aignan Laboratory

Although his first laboratory was in Marseilles in the south of France, from the early 1920’s to the end of the 1930’s Rota had a laboratory in northern France near Rouen at Mont-Saint-Aignan. Around the outbreak of the 2nd world war he moved close to Romans near Valence in the south of France and set up a new laboratory there. Both the Rouen and Romans facilities were quite large. He was evidently quite wealthy, his early work being funded by a family friend and it seems that between the wars on at least one occasion, he was under contract to the French government.

My Interest

I became interested in the research of L.G.V. Rota after reading an article on his work in a long defunct popular fringe science journal called the Modern Mystic and Monthly Science Review. The article was entitled "Universal Currents" by a person writing under the pseudonym of Layman. The editor of the Modern Mystic, A.R.Heaver knew Layman. It turned out that Layman was a retired geologist by the name of Slade, who got to know Rota well over the years between the wars, and the three articles in the magazine were an educated layman's account of the bits and pieces of information that Rota had imparted over this period. These articles are included below.

When the author met A.R.Heaver in 1958, the Modern Mystic and Monthly Science review had already been defunct for some ten years. Also both Layman and Rota had died, but Heaver put me in touch with a man who had known Rota since childhood, he also knew most of the people in the area in which Rota had his laboratory. A visit to what remained of Rota’s laboratory was organised and it transpired that some of Rota's equipment was still fairly intact although some of the equipment had been removed and some dumped in an outhouse used by a local farmer as a shed. I managed to finance the digging up of one of the many metal blocks that Rota had used to tap the universal current, and subsequently brought the block to England for examination.

Some 16 years later, out of the blue, I was visited by a Frenchman, Guy Leblond, who knew about L.G.V. Rota and he informed me that Rota had a son. I shortly afterwards met Rota's son, Daniel Rota in St. Malo in northern France. Daniel Rota was only a small boy when Rota died and he knew that his father had made some important discovery, but not being a scientist he understood little about it. However in the intervening 16 years since I had visited Rota’s laboratory he had brought most or all his father's papers and laboratory equipment up to his then house in St. Malo . He allowed me to see and photograph the equipment (some of which are shown below).

Sometime later Guy Leblond unexpectedly visited me with a piece of Rota equipment I had not previously seen. Leblond said this was called the "Transducteur". I had not been shown it previously because Daniel Rota believed it as containing Rota's "secret" regarding the universal current. It seems that the in part Transducteur amplified the Universal Current sufficiently so that they could heard without electronic aid, since Rota invariably used headphones and even galvanometers to detect the Universal Current.


Natural electric currents called telluric currents were well known to 19th century scientists. These electric currents are due to induction from disturbances of the earth’s magnetic field caused by solar flares and storms. Magnetic storms induced quite heavy electric currents in the earth’s surface which, while they lasted, blocked telegraph transmission. The sensitivity of the apparatus of the time to disturbance was due to the use of an earth return in the telegraph circuit. The earth return consisted of large buried metal plates one at each end of the circuit. The telegraph circuits stretched sometimes 100 Km in length and consequently magnetic fluctuations due to solar magnetic storms would induce currents in the overhead wires causing spurious telephone/telegraph signals. Magnetic devices such as electrical transformers relays etc. would saturate. On some occasions the electric currents would reach formidable levels. It is likely that the disturbing currents which existed in telephone wires and the rather strange behaviour of these disturbances interested Rota and lead to his research. This is not unknown today [Facts|1].