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My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla Paperback – June 15, 2011
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My Inventions has been the primary source for all Tesla biographers. Editor Ben Johnston has a 16 page introduction that traces Tesla's career through a maze of sensationalism and controversy.
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The reclusive, brilliant engineer who:
Invented the Niagra power system that made Edison's obsolete Sold Westinghouse 40 patents that broke a General Electric monopoly Discovered the radio methods that Marconi converted into a fortune Built a radio-guided torpedo before Ford ended the horse-and-buggy era Tried, with J.P. Morgan's backing, to change the earths electric charge! Joined giants Ampere, Watt, and Volta in history's most select circle when the world scientists named a new unit of magnetism and Tesla.
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The Kindle version is filled with typos and formatting issues, and if she had been reading this book for pleasure, I'm sure she wouldn't have liked it. However, as she is interested in Tesla, his inventions and information about him, and needed a source for her project, this Kindle version fit the bill.
Having never seen the original text or having any knowledge of this book in its print form, I cannot speak to that. However for information-sake, it's OK.
Food for self-reflection, food for action! Goose-bump stuff! Thank you Nikola.
And more important, i never knew the reasons why Nikola Tesla made a lot of his work, and reading this book i've learned what a great human being this guy was.
This book is necessary in order to learn why do we live today like we do
A reprint from original 1919 "Electrical Experimenter" publication magazine when Nikola was 63 years old fortunately preserved the quaint textual spelling, one of the few charms in this well written offering that lacks inveiglements and has disturbing typos. I'd previously reviewed Nikola Tesla's "My Inventions" (abundant illustrations) and "Tesla Man Out of Time" by M. Cleney, 1981 - both a cut above.
Tesla, without doubt, was one of the world's finest inventor and engineer who'd, amongst many other inventions, fashioned concepts and equipment for AC electric power systems in use today, and shared a brief working relationship with Thomas Edison. His autobiography provides intimate glimpses of his early years, childhood, schooling and parental influences that shaped his curiosity and inventiveness. A significant section dwelt on his vivid, bizarre visual perception of things, both real and imaginary, permitting him to bypass usual and customary research and mock modeling approaches to inventions. Unfortunately, after achieving significant greatness, Nikola's own words portray a mind losing control, beset with furor scribendi, megalomaniacal ranting, and raptures of profound giftedness admixed with phantasmagoria.
Cannot get enough of his work.
This book is a must read for anyone in the electrical engineering profession. He is responsible for so much of what we take for granted today including our whole system for generation and distribution of AC electricity.
Thank you Tesla and thank you to the publishers for perpetuating his legacy.