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Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

Nikola Tesla invented the radio, robots, and remote control. His electric induction motors run our appliances and factories, yet he has been largely overlooked by history. In Tesla, Richard Munson presents a comprehensive portrait of this farsighted and underappreciated mastermind.When his first breakthroughalternating current, the basis of the electric gridpitted him against Thomas Edisons direct-current empire, Teslas superior technology prevailed. Unfortunately, he had little business sense and could not capitalize on this success. His most advanced ideas went unrecognized for decades: forty years in the case of the radio patent, longer still for his ideas on laser beam technology. Although penniless during his later years, he never stopped imagining. In the early 1900s, he designed plans for cell phones, the Internet, death-ray weapons, and interstellar communications. His ideas have lived on to shape the modern economy.Who was this genius? Drawing on letters, technical notebooks, and other primary sources, Munson pieces together the magnificently bizarre personal life and mental habits of the enigmatic inventor. Born during a lightning storm at midnight, Tesla died alone in a New York City hotel. He was an acute germaphobe who never shook hands and required nine napkins when he sat down to dinner. Strikingly handsome and impeccably dressed, he spoke eight languages and could recite entire books from memory. Yet Teslas most famous inventions were not the product of fastidiousness or linear thought but of a mind fueled by both the humanities and sciences: he conceived the induction motor while walking through a park and reciting Goethes Faust.Tesla worked tirelessly to offer electric power to the world, to introduce automatons that would reduce lifes drudgery, and to develop machines that might one day abolish war. His story is a reminder that technology can transcend the marketplace and that profit is not the only motivation for invention. This clear, authoritative, and highly readable biography takes account of all phases of Teslas remarkable life....

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ISBN : 9780393635447
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages
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Tesla: Inventor of the Modern Reviews

  • Robert Altenburg

    You hear so much about Tesla. Without a doubt he is one of the most fascinating characters of the late 19th and early 20th century, but at this point it can be hard to separate the myth from the reality. This new book by Dick Munson not only discusses Tesla’s accomplishments also explores his character and motivations. The story is both inspirational and tragic, but it’s an excellent read.

  • David Wilson

    At last: a well-written book about Tesla as both a brilliant inventor and human being. Remarkable character. Fascinating read.

  • Anna Wright

    This is the man for whom the car is named. Finally we have an engaging and well researched biography of the fascinating Nikola Tesla. This book brings the extraordinary scientist and inventor to life.

  • Kimberly W

    The best biography of Tesla I've read, second only to Tesla's autobiography.

  • Herbert Cole

    Great biography of an extraordinary inventor. This book explains Tesla's achievements but also describes his upbringing and relationships. Well researched and written.