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My Inventions [Kindle Edition]

Nikola Tesla , David Major , Electrical Experimenter magazine
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An autobiography by Nikola Tesla, first published in the magazine Electrical Experimenter in 1919. This new version has been re-edited, with transcription errors corrected, and has had illustrations added.


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Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system. Tesla started working in the telephony and electrical fields before emigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories/companies to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla as a consultant to help develop an alternating current system. Tesla is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs which included patented devices and theoretical work used in the invention of radio communication, for his X-ray experiments, and for his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project. Tesla's achievements and his abilities as a showman demonstrating his seemingly miraculous inventions made him world-famous. Although he made a great deal of money from his patents, he spent a lot on numerous experiments over the years. In the last few decades of his life, he ended up living in diminished circumstances as a recluse in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, occasionally making unusual statements to the press. Because of his pronouncements and the nature of his work over the years, Tesla gained a reputation in popular culture as the archetypal "mad scientist". He died impoverished and in debt on January 7, 1943. In 1960, in honor of Tesla, the General Conference on Weights and Measures for the International System of Units dedicated the term 'tesla' to the SI unit measure for magnetic field strength. Tesla's work fell into relative obscurity after his death, but since the 1990s, his reputation has experienced a comeback in popular culture. In 2005, he was listed amongst the top 100 nominees in the TV show The Greatest American, an open access popularity poll conducted by AOL and The Discovery Channel. His work and reputed inventions are also at the center of many conspiracy theories and have also been used to support various pseudosciences, UFO theories and New Age occultism.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and ispiringly insightful January 18, 2011
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An excellent read. Tesla explains some of his background and the way he thinks. He then explains his technology for trasmitting energy and information all over the world. It's amazing how closey his description matches the internet 100 years later. Read it, maybe someday we'll get past the societal issues that have delayed this tecnology for a full century.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading. February 15, 2011
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Tesla's book is well worth reading. It was fascinating, from beginning to end. I had never read anything about him but was aware of the Tesla Coil. He had a great mind and invented many things. I plan on reading more about him and details about some of his inventions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information January 28, 2013
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Great short and concise information of Mr. Tesla's work. He was very intelligent and willing to think out side of the box. It is sad that history does not raise him up to the level so deserved since he was the one that created our electricity method used throughout the world.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 20, 2012
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Nikola Tesla was a genius ahead of his time, with a strange understanding of birds. His writing is just as impressive as his work with alternating currents and left me entertained wanting to read more. He is sincere, witty, and delightfully entertaining describing his early life, and his journey to America. My only gripe with this book is the length, as it is not very long. Tesla is one of my favorite authors and I wish he devoted more time to writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading November 14, 2013
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I liked it. Would have liked it to be longer and more in depth, but it is his autobiography and he wrote it as he saw fit.
Definitely worth buying and reading to understand how he thought and invented new technologies. I would have purchased it in book form if I'd known the kindle pictures would be so hard to see, even magnified.
Tesla does not make mention of his obsession with telepathic doves or aliens (something that happened to him later in life.) That
would have been interesting to read, I feel. Allegedly he reported to friends that his invention ideas were transmitted to him via telepathy allegedly from these sources, including his earlier inventions (Tesla coil, etc.) I suspect he was predisposed to a type of neurological illness similar to the gentleman in "A Beautiful Mind" who also, I am given to understand, felt many of his ideas came from outside sources. This type of disassociation may have allowed both of them to access and understand involved mathematical and engineering concepts in a savant-type way. Despite how it came about, they both undeniably gave us invaluable mathematical and physics principles that have been life-changing and useful to society to this very day. Tesla invented alternating current, as you know, as opposed to Edison's stubborn determination to stick to direct current. He is not vitriolic toward Edison in this book, which I found more than gracious considering other material I read on the great "alternating current vs. direct current" debate. I recommend this tome, but in book form, rather than kindle, so you can see the photos. diagrams and newspaper articles with greater clarity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting September 5, 2012
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I liked this book. I like Nikola Tesla and all of the crazy things he did or may have done. At times his writing got a little too. . . theoretical? technical? Anyway, there were times when I had no idea what he was going on about. But he had some intriguing philosophies and ideas about how the world works. I was particularly fascinated with his psychological self-evaluations. I've recommended this book to some pyschologist friends of mine to get their take on it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Fascinating January 12, 2013
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This is one of my heroes. Despite how he lived toward the end of his life Tesla's overall story is one of wonder and inspiration. What a creative and inexhaustive man. He fought many battles for his patents and especially against JP Morgan and the likes of him. This is an excellent treatise for all inventors and creative people in general. I picture him as the Walt Disney of science.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! November 27, 2012
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Intriguing book about one of history's true quirky and original thinkers. Worth the time and effort. I am fairly sure Tesla would have had a psychological label today's world, but his single minded focus allowed him to come up with some amazing inventions that are applicable even today.
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