Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, and futurist. He is best known for his contributions to the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system, the successful system in the "War of Currents" and the Tesla coil. Nikolas Tesla's patents and theoretical work helped form the basis of wireless communication and radio. He is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency experiments in New York and Colorado Springs, experiments in X-rays, and his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project.
Tesla's achievements and his abilities as a showman demonstrating his seemingly miraculous inventions made him world famous. He made a great deal of money from his patents, but he also spent a lot on numerous experiments over the years. In the last few decades of his life, he ended up living in diminished circumstances as a recluse in a series of New York City hotel rooms, occasionally issuing unusual statements to the press. Because of his pronouncements and the nature of his work over the years, Tesla gained a reputation in popular culture as the archetypal "mad scientist". He died penniless and in debt on 7 January 1943.
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When I was in high school Albert Einstein was my hero and I read all I could find about him. When I got to University it changed to Nikola Tesla. I am always surprised at how few people know about Tesla and how important he is to our daily life. This is a very short book telling about Tesla early life in Serbia and his relationship with his family. His mother was a well known inventor as was all her family. Tesla attended university in Germany and Czechoslovakia, he obtained an engineer degree and a degree as a physicist he spoke 5 languages. He went to work for Thomas Edison when he came to the U.S. but Edison did not get along with him because of Tesla education. The story gives some basic information about Tesla but the book is just too short. For those interested in more information read books by Marc Seifer or Margaret Cheney for starters. He was a man at least one hundred year ahead of his time. Many things you use today he is the inventor, fax machines, wireless communication, a.c. electrical current and so on. He also worked in France for Alexander Bell and he had many inventions to the telephone and its transmission. This is a good book for a brief introduction into the life of Tesla.
"i may be bias"
It is a good story of a true inventor. Show insight into who Nikola really was.
"Excellent info- boring"
The The story bounces around a lot from current time to past tense without really indicating that they have made a time change in the storyline
"only a portion played"
I bought this audio version to help my younger son get through the text, but only about three pages worth played.
"Not the best account of Tesla's life & inventions"
Nikola Tesla was a genius inventor. But a terrible writer.
This is his autobiography, written directly by him, by a crazy scientist who changed the world, whose mind ran a million miles per hour. It's disorganized, lacks context, lacks a story. I love biographies and science, this was a bad book.
Further, the narrator makes the problem worse. It's like NIkola invented a reading robot and gave him his unfinished manuscript. There is no emotion, no emphasis. Worse, there are no pauses. It goes from one though to the next, soundling like it's the same sentence.It makes this it much harder to follow the audiobook and harder to get any value from it.
Skip this one.
Easy to complete in one sitting. If you are or know someone who has the desire to invent and has some form of technical ability, this will inspire them to perfect those talents. I reserve the 5 star rating for perfection; there is no more perfect message than that of giving back to humanity as Nicola Tesla so greatly demonstrates in his work and life. This autobiography is sure to energize and give you that "zing," in some form.
"Interesting, scientific book."
Short but Interesting , finished in a single "read". Heavy use of scientific terms, you have been warned.
"Expectation is the mother of Disappointment "
I Loved it, so I gave it a bad review!
I just wish I could have had more!
The performance is great, but unfortunately a genius like Mr. Tesla had more important things to do than write books about himself!
A Great Man Indeed!!
Nice autobiography. His perception of himself seemed honest and accountable. I truly enjoyed the endurance to build, create, and never stop trying. this fella was truly ahead of his time.
I enjoyed this autobiography, however it would have been better narrated by a man with a Czech accent.
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