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Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla Paperback – April 15, 2008
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you've only read his technical writings, here's the book that will
answer your questions about Tesla.
Written from the point of view of someone who knew him, Prodigal Genius
gives an amazing glimpse into the personality of this remarkable inventor.
There are lengthy passages about his childhood and early career including how
he got cheated out of $20,000 for inventing alternating current.
There are also thought-provoking stories about how some of his inventions
backfired and almost shook down a city block or two!
Even if you're not a Tesla nut, Prodigal Genius is a great read--it's exciting enough
that it's hard to put down. If you weren't a Tesla nut when you picked it up, you will be when you put it down!
Once you read this book you will find it difficult to name an aspect of modern life that hasn't been affected by the hand of Nikola Tesla.
Some of Tesla's ideas were so far ahead of his time that to the people of his day, they were considered impossible; his vision of the world of the future was mocked and laughed at even by other scientists. Over time scepticism about the possibilities of science and technology has waned. Unfortunately for us the world was not yet ready for Tesla, this man out of time, and he died with his greatest achievments alive only in his mind.
Tesla's mother could repeat, without error or omission, thousands of verses of the national poetry of her country. Tesla shared her retentive memory. He had another ability that he only revealed to his mother. If Tesla thought of an object, it would appear before him exhibiting the appearance of solidity and massiveness. He used this ability to visualize the solution to creating the first alternating current generator.
The first time Tesla's ability to visualize helped him in his quest to develop an alternating current generator, occurred when he suggested to a college professor that alternating current would solve some of the problems with a piece of electrical equipment that could be used either to generate electricity or if supplied energy could operate as a motor. As his professor demonstrated the machine, the solution to the problem came to Tesla in such a vivid, illuminating flash of understanding that he knew his visualization contained the correct and practical answer. He saw both the equipment operating without the problems and doing so efficiently, however, he could not see the essential details of how this could be accomplished.
In Feb of 1882, Tesla took a walk in the city of Budapest with a former classmate. While a glorious sunset overspread the sky, Tesla engaged in one of his favorite hobbies-reciting poetry.Read more ›
It's certainly not all bad, and the personal insight of the author is at times appreciated. But, to sum it up, it is (and feels like) a book written by a science editor, not a biographer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great bio on a man that has influenced the world for over 100 years.Published 5 months ago by Tom Schmidt
A must for anyone who is interested in the life of Telsa. Very comprehensive. Written by someone who actually knew the man.Published 6 months ago by Chris C Hubersberger
Interesting and eye opening, it would have been great if he had unlimited resources to carry out all of his inventions.Published 11 months ago by Jarrod Kennedy
I had read other books about the genius Nicola Tesla. This one puts them to shame. Much more detail.Published 12 months ago by Tbolt427
Haven't read. Won't. False publishing date on copyright page. Claims 2008. Actual 1944. No matter its worth or lack, I dislike liars, and resent being manipulated. Read morePublished 16 months ago by PR
absolutely fantastic book, and i'm glad i purchased the large font version. the font really isn't that large, and it makes the text much easier to read... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rachel S.
Goes into detail about his life work. Explains why he was such a brilliant mind. Worth your time. Check out the comic by the oatmeal as well. Read morePublished 18 months ago by chase
Given as a gift. Person loved it. Tesla was a unique man.Published 21 months ago by Linda Doncaster