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Mad Like Tesla: Underdog Inventors and Their Relentless Pursuit of Clean Energy

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"Mad Like Tesla is easy to get through, even for readers with only a basic knowledge of energy issues. Hamilton makes complex technologies comprehensible. . . . this book's strong appeal should transcend all borders." —Library Journal (July 1, 2011)


"Hamilton's vivid portrait of some of the people touting new technologies offers insight into why they've had trouble finding mainstream acceptance." —Publishers Weekly (July 18, 2011)


"Canadian science writer Tyler Hamilton has given the scientific community working on renewable energy solutions a public relations boost with his illuminating and important book, Mad Like Tesla: Underdog Inventors and Their Relentless Pursuit of Clean Energy." —New York Journal of Books (September 1, 2011)


"From the spellbinding introduction, this one had me." —Seth Godin, entrepreneur, author, Tribes and We Are All Weird


"Each case examined [in Mad Like Tesla] is engaging, and each would-be game-changing technology is intriguing, so it's easy enough to get caught up in the often whimsical nature of the inventors' visions and follow Hamilton along on the ride." —Canadian Geographic (May 2012)

About the Author

Tyler Hamilton writes a weekly green energy and technology column for the "Toronto Star" and a popular blog called "Clean Break." He is the author of "Privacy Payoff." He lives in Toronto.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770410082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770410084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Rohy on October 2, 2013
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The author is NOT a techie. He reads about super technical advances, talks with the promoters, and becomes a cheering section for that technology without talking to many others in the same field. He is hopeful that some of these "breakthroughs" will really breakthough. I am very skeptical of most of his winners. Why did I finish reading this book? I am a techie involved in a broad range of energy technology. I am always interested in what others think might be developed. After reading about one of his breakthroughs I go to the web to see where it is now, three years or so from where he learned about it. In almost all cases the technology has not met its goals. Energy technologies take a lot longer to mature than dot com technologies. The caliber of the writing is mediorce.
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This is a well written book by someone with personal knowledge of the current players in the energy field. Anyone who relies on the media for their knowledge of what is happening in the field of energy would be well served by reading this book.
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"Mad.. " is in sore need of an update. Maybe intentionally, or maybe not, Hamilton has laid out an evaluation taxonomy for future energy solutions. I was able to detect 7 attributes: Sector, Level, Scale, Technology, Material, When, and Money. For Sector, you have generation, transmission, and storage; Level (of the sector): exclusive, moderate; importantly Scale: portable, garage, acre, ocean, space; the Technology is either available, developing, or breakthrough (if at all), the Material used is: rare earth, nuclear, carbon, geo-(thermal, ocean, ...), or ...; When will we see evidence: this election term, our generation, this century; and the Money needed to market: millions, billions, or unknown.
Updating the book, now four years on, might offer analysis of the key challenge of entrepreneurship -- persuading investors you're still viable.
-* Marty
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Every once in a while, a book comes along which alters your opinion. This is one of those. Not only does it make you conversant on the main energy rescue systems, but it gives hope that maybe green isn't just a color, but a desirable objective.
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Mr. Tylor Hamilton has analyzed 7 underdong green energy companies. All these companies are in different technology and have unique way to solve the energy problem. Author puts together balanced view on these companies. He has done in-depth research on each company. What I liked most is references bemeath each chapter so that it becomes easy for you to do your own research.

While chapters are good, few chapters are quite intersting from technology perspective. Chapter related to Capturing efficiancy through biomimicry provides in-depth idea how to copy natures desgins and why. Nature's design has in-built suistenability.

This book includes technologies such Space based solar power stations, Battery technology, Alage based bio fuels, Nuclear power, and Tornado Power. It is worth read for everyone interested in energy sector.
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Tyler has compiled a bunch of really interesting stories about wild-eyed visionaries with dreams for a greener future. The ideas are varied and many of the characters are somewhat eccentric but if they succeed we will all be better off.
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By bk on August 30, 2011
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Tyler's book proves that one way or the other we are going to see how we power the world change. Be sure to read the chapter on EEStor. EEStor could be one of the company's that changes the world as we know it. Tyler did a great job of reporting on this company that has been shrouded in secrecy.
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This is an exceptionally well written book and frankly, it is surprising that it has so few reviews. I found it to be thought provoking and made me appreciate the relentless pursuit by these underdog inventors. All chapters are very good, with "Changing the world with an open mind" as my favorite.

I wish the font of the printed version was a bit different, that there were more pictures and charts in it and in color - but these are minor issues and do not take away anything from the book. Highly recommended, even if you are not directly invested in the Clean Energy space (I am not).
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