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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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About the Author

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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24 of 25 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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19 of 21 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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5 of 5 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 20, 2012
By Frank
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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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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of thee most unsung heroes. September 9, 2012
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Tesla is one of the most forgotten, or least mentioned inventor here in the US. If we were only smart enough to follow his suggestions and his plans for the defense of the United States, 9/11 never would have happened.
If he could have given electrical power to every place on the face of the earth, what would there have been to goto war over? Think of the direction the world would have taken.
This is a very good read and very though provoking.
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3 of 4 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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Inventions September 15, 2012
By Seawolf
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My Inventions is an excellent complement to "The Life of Nicola Tesla - Prodigal Genius" by John J. O'Neill. It goes into more detail about his early life and inventions and contradicts some of the myths about his dealings with a major American banker. Nicola Tesla played a critical role in industry which has not been recognised.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for KARMA !
I've been a Fan of His ever since I read about his "Argonne Theory in Grade School.

It broke my heart that so many were lined up behind him to take advantage of... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Rene
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling book about the father of electricity
This was a fascinating book written by Tesla loaded with information about his inventions. A must read for anyone who wants to learn more about Nikola Tesla.
Published 4 days ago by Kim Bodily
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Tesla was one of the brightest people who ever lived. It is sad he is not as highly regarded as other inventors who accomplished less. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry L
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
I really enjoyed this book. This was the second book I've read on Tesla. I learned so much! Wow, the more I read the more blown away I was by him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ds
5.0 out of 5 stars great book written by one of the greates inventors of all time
Tesla didn't leave much of a material for general public behind him. Tesla also didn't have many close friends who would have a real insight into his life to write a story about... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jovan Pantelic
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal writings by Nikola Tesla
This book gave me my first insight into this fascinating man. It is written in the style of a personal diary. Great reading
Published 2 months ago by Helen
3.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Genius!
It is an interesting book about a fascinating man. However it is very one sided and seems to be written for ego enhancement. There is far more to learn about Mr. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Harris Shapiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Tesla
Great read. Tesla deserves more honours than he received. Its unfortunate that the greed and thievery of others marred his life.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating character
I have heard vastly different accounts of who and what Nikola Tesla was, and this book is a fascinating glimpse of the man from his own perspective. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
this is the first book I am reading about tesla and so far it gives a real insight about tesla both s personality and work. Read more
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