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My Inventions [Hardcover]

Nikola Tesla
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Jun 1999
Tesla's autobiographical legacy, essential reading for anyone seeking to penetrate the inventor's complex personality and mysterious life. He retells the story of his Faustian quest for the electric motor the experts said could never be built, which nearly cost him his sanity.


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  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Inc; New edition edition (Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760700850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760700853
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,283,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new edition of the original work, with a comprehensive introduction and notes. The book includes all Tesla's original illustrations.

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Nikola Tesla (1856 –1943) was an inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer. He was an important contributor to the birth of commercial electricity, and is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla's patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current (AC) electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor. This work helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution. Born an ethnic Serb in the village of Smiljan, in the Austrian Empire, Tesla was a subject of the Austrian Empire by birth and later became an American citizen. Because of his 1894 demonstration of wireless communication through radio and as the eventual victor in the "War of Currents", he was widely respected as one of the greatest electrical engineers who worked in America. He pioneered modern electrical engineering and many of his discoveries were of groundbreaking importance. In the United States during this time, Tesla's fame rivaled that of any other inventor or scientist in history or popular culture. Tesla demonstrated wireless energy transfer to power electronic devices as early as 1893, and aspired to intercontinental wireless transmission of industrial power in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project. Because of his eccentric personality and his seemingly unbelievable and sometimes bizarre claims about possible scientific and technological developments, Tesla was ultimately ostracized and regarded as a mad scientist by many late in his life. Tesla never put much focus on his finances and died with little funds at the age of 86, alone in the two room hotel suite in which he lived, in New York City. The International System of Units unit measuring magnetic field B. In addition to his work on electromagnetism and electromechanical engineering, Tesla contributed in varying degrees to the establishment of robotics, remote control, radar, and computer science, and to the expansion of ballistics, nuclear physics, and theoretical physics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book, despite it's slight stature contains a compilation of insightful autobiographical articles about Nikola Tesla. Everything from his very childhood days, through to his Long Island experiments is covered here. You won't get much technical information, but neither will you care, as Tesla was such an engaging writer. The style is like Dickens in many ways, common for the time, with humour weaved into sad stories and grand revelations.
This is surely an essential part of any library of Tesla science.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short! 22 Mar 2009
Nice introduction to Tesla, but really too short. If you want more bang for your bucks, I would advise "Wizard: Life and Times of Nikola Tesla". It is much more detailed and just as easy to read.
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A very short account of some of the obscure and not-so-obscure episodes in Tesla's life. Here he speaks of the revealing 'white flashes' that would guide him to build an A.C. motor and even save him from being washed over a waterfall as a child.

Light from a technology point of view but contains some of Tesla's rather telling opinions of some people i.e. Marconi and Morgan.

You should be able to finish this in a day and as a consequence be able to recite a lot more Tesla trivia as a reward.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 14 Oct 2009
I have read various books and articles on Tesla and am glad they approach his genius in different ways. I found this interesting and comprehensive, doesn't need to be long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 27 Sep 2013
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Tesla was a genius When you look at his life and inventions he ought to be better known than he is. the modern world could have been so different if governments had taken up his ideas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory in schools. 29 May 2013
By REBECCA
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I wish I had found this book a long time ago, Tesla is an inspiration.

They should be using this in schools, it's an easy read (until it gets to the nitty gritty of invention, which went over my head - because I don't understand it, not because it isn't explained well!) and the first few chapters were truly inspiring and I think young minds would really benefit from his words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikola Teslas Autobiography 21 April 2013
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I think Nikola's story is trustworthy, because he gives an honest impression. He does not hesitate to talk about situations we others might find difficult to speak about.
His life is somewhat like a fairy tale, but I get the impression that he is for real. He has made lasting impressions on our world, concerning electricity. Things we now take for granted, were novelties in his time. He made major contributions concerning the distribution of electric energy, the radio, electric motors running on alternating current.
He also had great visions for humanity that all people could have their needs of energy covered, wherever on our planet, whether rich or poor. Money was not an issue for him, more a means to an end, but not an end in it's self.
There are many things to think about after reading this book!
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