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Tesla : The Lost Inventions Paperback – June 20, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0970961822 ISBN-10: 0970961820

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: High Voltage Press (June 20, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970961820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970961822
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Customer Reviews

If you like Technology this is a must book, I love read it.
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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.
Jeremy Knauff
While the material is somewhat interesting it isn't anything that hasn't been covered in any other Tesla book.
Shawn D. Malara

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Alan Helmick on 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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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Knauff on 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tarek on March 3, 2012
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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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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By T. Taylor on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Island Farmer on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Lane on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shantillakay on March 26, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee on April 26, 2014
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Its a book made of up old patents and drawings from Tesla. There isnt a lot to read, moreso its about illustrations. If you already have some knowledge of Tesla's work, this is an interesting leaflet. I would suggest reading his autobiography and other publications to understand what he was thinking at the time, and then read this leaflet. It adds a interesting perspective to see his pursuits in hindsight.
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