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Tesla : The Lost Inventions [Paperback]

George Trinkaus , Tesla , Trinkaus
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

June 20, 1988 0970961820 978-0970961822
Continuously printed since 1988, this is the best-seller of the famous Tesla Technology Series from High Voltage Press. Here are Tesla's suppressed inventions economically published all in one place in clear English and 42 illustrations. Disk turbine, Tesla coil, high-frequency lighting, magnifying transmitter, radio, wireless power, free-energy receiver. The only systematic intro to Tesla technology. Lucid, literate, astringent, this is the original that broke the ice. Accept no potboiler imitations, however fantastic. Quality booklet, offset printed, saddle-wired, 60# stock, 2-color cover.

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Editorial Reviews


The information in this little gem is hard to come by... patents, also interesting tidbits about Tesla himself. --Technica, the newsletter of Powell's Technical Bookstore, summer, 2000

About the Author

. Once an editor of a series of conventional electronics textbooks for the schools, Trinkaus admits that he never understood how electricity really works until he studied Tesla. He is also author of Tesla Coil; Son of Tesla Coil, Radio Tesla, and is editor of Tesla's The True Wireless (the Tesla Technology Series from High Voltage Press.) The Tesla Mystique is Trinkaus' popular on-line critique of the sentimentalized popular culture of Tesla.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: High Voltage Press (June 20, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970961820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970961822
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected December 16, 2010
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Having studied Tesla a great deal and always being excited about finding new information I was highly disappointed by what I received.

It was not a book but 15 sheets of paper printed, folded and stapled in the middle to comprise a 30+ page pamphlet that lacked in detail, substance and anything that cannot be easily reviewed over the internet.

The information was not about any "lost" inventions but skimmed the surface of some of Tesla's more notable patents and gave some inaccurate descriptions of their function.

This booklet contains less information than my college essay on the subject of Tesla (aside from the tiny patent photos) and in comparison to other literature about Tesla, is limited.

This booklet would be good for a small child who is interested in skimming information about Tesla, without really digging in or learning anything below the surface. For those that want more detailed information I was able to purchase The Fantastic Inventions of Nikola Tesla ISBN 978-0-932813-19-0 for around $9 on Amazon and it contains over 300 pages of data and Tesla's own hand also.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money June 10, 2010
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Don't waste your time or money on this "book" - it's nothing more than a photocopied pamphlet stapled together, and the information is poorly organized and written.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here December 26, 2005
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In reading this, I found it to be a rehash of information freely available on the Internet. I had hoped for more.

It feels like I paid to have someone gather and print it out for me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE THIS TRASH March 3, 2012
By Tarek
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This is not a book. It is a pamphlet unworthy of middle schoolers. In fact, it is especially unworthy because it is deceitful in a number of ways:

1) This is a 30 page or so pamphlet, stapled together, in really cheap paper.

2) There is nothing about any so called "lost inventions". Only standard, fairly well-known inventions (see the cover!), but quite poorly described and even more poorly illustrated. What a disgrace.

3) My own copy was stapled together in the wrong order, with two of the papers stapled upside down.

I felt utterly disgusted and cheated.

Do not purchase this misleading trash. Better works exist. If you want to know more about Tesla and his inventions and contributions, read his autobiography (especially when it comes to his perspective on predicting futuristic technologies. He addresses the subject in various portions of his autobiography), or any other of Tesla's many well-written biographies. My personal favorite is Jill Jones' Empires of Light, covering Tesla, Edison, Westinghouse, et al.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bull June 12, 2013
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This was something I could have printed and stapled together myself... nothing new, piece of crap.. Don't buy it... ever
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars tesla: the lost inventions March 26, 2013
By skburc
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The book was about incomplete inventions. But not at all what I thought it was going to be about. I was expecting complete inventions that never made it publicly. This was a book that I would not recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of it? January 8, 2012
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I guess I was expecting a work with a little more substance. 9 pieces of 8.5"x14" paper stock folded in half and stapled into what can only be regarded as a pamphlet, was less voluminous than a "15 minute" car insurance policy quote. Though it is reported that these inventions were suppressed by the U.S. Government, it is important to note that all of which have been in the public domain for at least 50 years. I can honestly say that I learned nothing new from reviewing this text, which by the way, I was able to absorb in one trip to the lavatory. Not worth the $7.75 I was duped into paying. Perhaps I can find some 12 year old electronics nerd to pass it on to as they may have not been exposed to the material, though it seems unlikely to find such a rare specimen in this connected world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book December 5, 2013
By Pat
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My husband is really enjoying reading about Tesla, such a brillant man and so under appreciated. We both recommend this to everyone but especially to those interested in enginering
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Thomas Tran
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the reviews before you buy.
I made a rookie mistake and didn't read the reviews before. This is not a book it is photocopied pages stapled together with Tesla's well known inventions in it, none are... Read more
Published 9 days ago by CTL
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting document
Its a book made of up old patents and drawings from Tesla. There isnt a lot to read, moreso its about illustrations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Old treasures are simply fascinating.
Even having a portion of Tesla's work is great. To see how he thought and what he dreamed. It can spur further research.
Published 2 months ago by Darrell Pidgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars educational reading
A good book that explain complicated Tesla patents in a way that any one outside electrical field can understand easily.
Published 3 months ago by J. Zhu
5.0 out of 5 stars The mind of Nicola Tesla Encapsulated
Although formally trained in Electrical Engineering in Europe, Tesla's mind created his inventions far more by intuition than by formula. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robin T. Wernick
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the description first!
Interesting material, fairly well written, but this is not a book, it's a pamphlet. It's soft cover and only 33 pages. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Adams
1.0 out of 5 stars book?
It's a pamphlet. Not a book.

Very disappointed. I was expecting an actual book. Shame on you for selling this as a book.
Published 8 months ago by Deirdre
1.0 out of 5 stars low quality
Under 40 pages, no original material, over $8.00, amateur self- printiing, quality and size of edition not disclosed in advertisement.\
Published 9 months ago by travel light and smiling
5.0 out of 5 stars Tesla's inspiration to the next generation of young inventor.
This is a booklet or pamphlet, not very big or thick. With no more info than can be dug up about these "lost or hidden" inventions by Tesla on the internet. BUT ! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tim Palmer Sr.
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