Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

by W. Bernard Carlson

Princeton University Press | May 7, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America's first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society and dazzling the likes of Mark Twain with his electrical demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and gifted showman, he cultivated a public image of the eccentric genius. Even at the end of his life when he was living in poverty, Tesla still attracted reporters to his annual birthday interview, regaling them with claims that he had invented a particle-beam weapon capable of bringing down enemy aircraft.

Plenty of biographies glamorize Tesla and his eccentricities, but until now none has carefully examined what, how, and why he invented. In this groundbreaking book, W. Bernard Carlson demystifies the legendary inventor, placing him within the cultural and technological context of his time, and focusing on his inventions themselves as well as the creation and maintenance of his celebrity. Drawing on original documents from Tesla's private and public life, Carlson shows how he was an "idealist" inventor who sought the perfect experimental realization of a great idea or principle, and who skillfully sold his inventions to the public through mythmaking and illusion.

This major biography sheds new light on Tesla's visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his most important technological breakthroughs.

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Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400846552

ISBN - 13: 9781400846559

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Remarkable Genius of Nikola Tesla This is not the first Nikola Tesla biography that I’ve read, but, to my delight, it is certainly the most technical. In prose that is clear, relatively accessible, and frequently intense with technical details, the author recounts the life of inventor Nikola Tesla. After covering Tesla’s childhood and education, the author concentrates mainly on his subject’s technical skills, hard work, inventions, associates, business ventures, technical rivals, campaigning for funds, occasional frustrations and many accomplishments. Highlights of Tesla’s personal life are also, albeit briefly, covered, e.g., county of origin, family, friendships, health, etc. Plenty of figures throughout the book serve to illustrate some of Tesla’s inventions and the scientific principles behind them, and the main text provides excellent descriptions of how they work. However, a few of these descriptions differ from those provided in the corresponding figure captions – the latter being usually the correct ones. Finally, the author discusses the mental characteristics of good inventors, including dreams, ideas, insights, foresight and other important psychological features necessary for success. These are discussed in light of Tesla’s mental approach to inventing. This biography should be of great interest to Tesla admirers, particularly those who are more technologically/scientifically inclined.
Date published: 2013-09-23

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Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

by W. Bernard Carlson

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400846552

ISBN - 13: 9781400846559

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Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America's first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society and dazzling the likes of Mark Twain with his electrical demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and gifted showman, he cultivated a public image of the eccentric genius. Even at the end of his life when he was living in poverty, Tesla still attracted reporters to his annual birthday interview, regaling them with claims that he had invented a particle-beam weapon capable of bringing down enemy aircraft.

Plenty of biographies glamorize Tesla and his eccentricities, but until now none has carefully examined what, how, and why he invented. In this groundbreaking book, W. Bernard Carlson demystifies the legendary inventor, placing him within the cultural and technological context of his time, and focusing on his inventions themselves as well as the creation and maintenance of his celebrity. Drawing on original documents from Tesla's private and public life, Carlson shows how he was an "idealist" inventor who sought the perfect experimental realization of a great idea or principle, and who skillfully sold his inventions to the public through mythmaking and illusion.

This major biography sheds new light on Tesla's visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his most important technological breakthroughs.

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