Wizard

Wizard

The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of A Genius

Book - 1998
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Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, Wizard is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Wizard reveals the details of Tesla's struggles with competing contemporary inventors such as Edison, Steinmetz, and Marconi and with financial giants such as J. P. Morgan and John Jacob Astor as they were underwriting his laboratory work. (Tesla even worked for the Edison Company for several years.). Wizard brings to the fore an extraordinary man and recreates his life during one of the most exciting and innovative eras in America's history. The book is illustrated with 16 pages of photographs and drawings, including the July 20, 1931, Time magazine cover for an issue celebrating the inventor's career.
Publisher: New York : Citadel Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780806519609
0806519606
Branch Call Number: 621.3 S459
621.3 S459
Characteristics: xiv, 542 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Wizard

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Kevinshi20021118
May 23, 2017

clash royal for life

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hgibbins
May 14, 2017

Great book! I don't think I've ever read a biography as detailed as this one.

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SeattleSaul
Apr 20, 2016

The book is a thorough biography of one of the 20th century’s most influential inventors, but one would need to go elsewhere to obtain a better understanding of his creations, and this is a weak point in such a lengthy tome. I think that a non-technical explanation of all of them could be done in 20 pages, tucked away if need be, in an appendix. Also I found tedious the numerous back-and-forth correspondences rather than a good summary of their contents.
To Seifer’s credit, and although he obviously admires Tesla, he exposes the inventor’s flaws and outright megalomania, especially in his later years. But as he points out, Tesla would not seem so far afield from speculative thinkers nowadays.
This book fulfills its promise of telling us about the wizard, his rivals and times.

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armanda1980
Mar 24, 2008

An interesting insight into the life of Tesla and an amazing look at the inventions of a truly prolific scientist.

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