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Here is an AUTHENTIC source of Tesla's work. It is a reprint of the original edition. "Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency" which is a lecture Tesla presented at the Institution Of Electrical Engineers, London. Included with this lecture is an appendix on the "Transmission of Electric Energy Without Wires" by Nikola Tesla. If you want to understand how Tesla thought & worked; this book will allow you to gain real insight into his mind. The future he envisioned can largely be seen in our everyday lives. But this was over a hundred years ago! Nikola Tesla is a craftsman with an intimate relationship of his work and materials. He innately grasps the nature of electricity. Dubbed the "Electric Magician" by the public, he amazed even engineers & scientists of his day. Henry Ford & Thomas Edison did their best to see that Tesla was forgotten. Neither the Ford Foundation nor the Smithsonian can silence history. Ford & Edison were great entrepreneurs. Tesla was a true genius and humanitarian! This book stands as a testament to his brilliance.
Nikola Tesla was one of the most fascinating and gifted scientists and inventors from the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. He had made numerous contributions to our understanding of electromagnetic interactions, and there is hardly an electrical appliance that is used today that is not based in one way or another on one of his inventions. To many people's dismay he had never been awarded the Nobel Prize, but his reputation has only increased over the years and today it eclipses many others scientists that had been deemed extraordinary in their time. As a recognition of the value of his achievements the modern physical unit for the magnetic field is called Tesla. He was also a very mysterious and colorful character, and in recent years several movies and novels featured a fictionalized portrayal of his life.
This short book is a transcript of a lecture that Tesla gave to the London society of electrical engineers on a topic of experiments with alternate currents of high potential and high frequency. The lecture is preceded with a short biographical sketch of Tesla, and it's an interesting read in its own right. It should give an incentive to the reader to read a full biography of Tesla's life. The lecture itself is delivered in very crisp and readable English, and it doesn't require any mathematical background. However, the lecture will probably be of interest primarily to people with a background in engineering or a physical science, as it deals with things like coils, high currents, vacuum tubes and other such marvelous contraption that are unfortunately bound to put most people to sleep.Read more ›
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The main thing I got out of this book is that Tesla is probably smarter than Einstein. Like a lot smarter. Like Tesla:Einstein::Einstein:me. Not being a genius myself may disqualify me from evaluating these people but I feel like he's on another level from the ordinary, run of the mill geniuses. Reading his writing is really different from reading Einstein or Feynman- it seems like their concerns are very local compared to Tesla's.
Tesla impressed me with his consideration of "the problem of increasing human energy." He is genuinely and deeply concerned with increasing the energy of the human race and describes how all of his research fits into modifying various parts of this equation. For example he talks about increasing human mass (such as by ending world hunger) and describes various inventions of his that would do this. This guy had worked out a whole scheme of large scale improvements that would change the world in every way. His vision was astounding and at least 1 century ahead of its time. Apparently all of his work is coming from this perspective of advancing our race and he views himself as intimately connected with all humans, implying that he felt no need to propagate his own genes as long as the human race continued to grow because he viewed our united success as more satisfying than that of his own genes. This perspective is so different from my own that I can barely grasp this idea and it's one of the few things that I've read that made me really feel the gap between my mind and another's. I view the advancement of humanity as correlated to the advancement of my genes but not preferable to or a replacement for my own kids being awesome.Read more ›
Well, you cannot review Nikola Tesla's Work!But you cannot read this book without the sketches and diagrams being referred to in his experiments.This needs to be included to comprehend the master's works.It is the publishers lapse and a significant one!
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This was an interesting book, which discussed many of his experiments in his words. The one downside to reading it on my Kindle was the missing Figures from his lecture. I am assuming that a paper copy would contain the Figures, but maybe not. He refers to the Figures regularly throughout the lecture (book), and it was difficult to envision some of his experiments without them. The book was still well worth reading, especially if you are already familiar with some of his experiments.