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The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century: Nikola Tesla - Forgotten Genius of Electricity Hardcover – September 2, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (September 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747275882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747275886
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Engineering and Technology Magazine said:

"This book is fun, which is not something one often says about engineering books...Tesla is most widely known for the magnetic unit that bears his name, but sadly little else. This book is a thoroughly entertaining way of correcting that injustice, a must for engineers, especially electrical ones."


Angus Clarke, Times Metro Magazine:

"Nikola Tesla... laid the groundwork for many things we take for granted today including alternating current, radio, fax and e-mail. ...Tesla combined genius with gaping character flaws and an uncanny ability to be ripped off by everyone. This is scientific popularisation at its most readable."
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Dr Robert Lomas gained a B.Sc with first-class honors in electronics before earning a Ph.D in solid-state physics with a particular interest in developing the theory and practice of crystalline semi-conducting hetro-junction photo-optic devices. He went on to work on the development of the first micro-processor chips and missile guidance systems before specializing in software development for command and control systems used by the Fire, Ambulance and Rescue Services. He later developed expertise in data mining and data capture techniques which he used to improve the response times of emergency services control rooms. For a while he was a visiting lecturer at the Fire Service Staff College where he taught data-based command and control.

In 1986, he became a Freemason and quickly established himself as a popular lecturer on Masonic history before co-authoring the international best-sellers The Hiram Key, The Second Messiah, Uriel's Machine and The Book of Hiram. Since 2000 he has been writing on his own and has a string of best-sellers including Turning the Hiram Key, Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science, and The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century. He also writes text books including Mastering Your Business Dissertation and specialist Masonic books such as The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation. His latest book, for Coronet, is The Lost Key.

He currently lectures in Information Systems at Bradford University School of Management in Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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Easy to read book, a lot of good information offered.
Miz Bee
That they would let something so obvious, and easily checked go through into 'print' tells me that other factual information could be suspect.
Cynthia S. Ryan
If you are new to learning about Nikola Tesla, I would recommend this book.
James Buchanan

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James Buchanan on January 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mr Lomas' book on Nikola Tesla is an excellent book. It details a little about Tesla's childhood, his mental problems and the relationships he had (or didn't have, if you want to look at it that way). If you are new to learning about Nikola Tesla, I would recommend this book. It explains in simple terms Tesla's most important contributions to civilisation and technology: the AC electricity system we use today and radio. The books dwells a little on Tesla, Westinghouse and Edison, as one reviewer mentions.

This book will not satisfy the scientific reader. For those of you interested in further details of Tesla's engineering and scientific work, buy one of the many excellent CD compilations of his works, patents, articles, letters, etc. I have the Nu Energy Horizons CD on Tesla which is magnificent. Also grab Tesla: Man out of Time by Margaret Cheney and Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius by Marc J. Seifer.

This book's purpose is some entertaining bed-time reading (or that's my impression). First time Tesla readers will love this book, as well as those who want a biography of Tesla that's written well and isn't too technical.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mostyn on November 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Nicola Tesla, the subject of the book, was one of the true geniuses of all time. His tale is of amazing innovation, with poor commercialisation. He made electricity travel for many miles when Edison could only transmit a few hundred meters. His radios could transmit anywhere in the world when Marconi could only transmit a few hundred meters. He completely designed the AC electrical system, which without the world would not be the same. Tesla is an excellent case of lack of business sense.
Lomas carries a grudge against the likes of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, which is probably warranted in telling the story from Tesla's point of view. Much of the story is dedicated to describing the relationships between Tesla, Edison and Westinghouse.
This book isn't a great work. Lomas has thoroughly researched his book, although he has not referenced anything, although he does admit this. Some descriptions of engineering concepts could be a lot better. It is also relatively short. I found myself wanting more information. This book won't please the intellectual reader, who would be better off looking for a lengthier book. I enjoyed reading this book merely for the story of Tesla.
While I didn't enjoy this book that much it would be a very good read for children and teens, especially those with an interest in science. In general I recommend reading about Tesla, who is an amazing albeit forgotten character, and was responsible for the 20th century.
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By B. S. Foster on July 14, 2014
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Fascinating account of an extremely brilliant, though unsettled individual.
Shame his inventions have largely been lost to the world.
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By Henrietta on April 18, 2014
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I bought this for my nephew as he is a Tesla fan. After he read it he told me all about it and has loaned it to everyone he knows.
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Seems like author got lost in their own book at times. Otherwise very informative and did not appear to be skewed any one direction.
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By Monty Wood on January 11, 2014
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Very engaging. Enough detail for those in the electrical field and curious readers with no electrical knowledge. Shows the power of business sense
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By The Cruiser on January 8, 2014
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This was a very interesting read .Very detailed account was a bit tedious but all worth it in the end. I walked with a greater sense of appreciation for all the scientific achievements that have made our lives so much easier to live in the twentieth century. We take so much for granted. Read it and become enlightened.
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By Miz Bee on August 25, 2013
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Easy to read book, a lot of good information offered. Though there were places where the author sounded too subjective. He explains nicely some physics concepts like Ohm's Law. I would recommend this book for someone that doesn't know a lot about physics in general.
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