A Gambling Man. Nikola Tesla was bom at precisely midnight between July 9 and 10,. , in the village of Smiljan, province of Uka, Croatia, between. Tesla Man Out of Time - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online Nikola Tesla - The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla. In this “informative and delightful” (American Scientist) biography, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of Nikola Tesla, one of the twentieth.
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TESLA, Nikola: The Inventions & Researches of Nikola Tesla In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one. Tesla — Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney, Evolution of limelight attention that Nikola Tesla was given in the heyday of his reign in the. In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was.
I think, however, that the portrait painted by Ms. Cheney accurately portrays what Tesla was like. To think about him is frustrating.
He is an absolute enigma. I finished the book with more questions than I had before I started it. The man is dead.
His papers have vanished. The discoveries he made are still being used in the world. The discoveries he claimed to have made, but never shared, would, if true, rock the foundations of what we call modern science.
But were any of them true? No one knows. The ghost of Tesla sits stroking his pigeons. To end with a line from the song: Apr 07, Shayla rated it did not like it. After slogging through over pages of this, I checked the weather forecast yesterday and found it was nice enough to ride my bike to work. The author perhaps tries her best to provide a critical viewpoint of Tesla's life, but it comes across more as a very long fan letter. There ar After slogging through over pages of this, I checked the weather forecast yesterday and found it was nice enough to ride my bike to work.
There are several phrases in the book gushing about pseudo-science like acupuncture, perpetual motion machines, and so on which led me to question the veracity of most other statements. It's not a fun way to read a book, being skeptical of every statement the author makes, sometimes forcing yourself to pretend you believe her just so you can get through the page.
Besides some of the questionable claims though admittedly I did no independent research I just didn't care enough , the book is boring. With chapter-long reprinted conversations written or recalled between Tesla and his rich friends or frustrated investors, I felt like I had stepped into the middle of a dinner party I had no business being in, no interest in, and every desire to get out now.
I honestly thought I would find Tesla fascinating, but he was just a smart man who invented a bunch of things and didn't know how to commercialize them or was struck by another idea and moved on before he could , and so spent much of his life feeling like the underdog whose ideas were stolen right out from under him.
To je bila istina Jan 03, Marjorie Snook rated it liked it. I think Tesla may be one of the most brilliant and unique minds that this country has ever seen.
I have been fascinated with Tesla ever since I heard about Tesla coils which are devices that make artificial lightening. He is probably the greatest inventor of last century; Edison was simply a technician and a businessman, but Tesla was a visionary who foresaw a new, electrified world. He developed the system by which we generate most of our electricity, built the hydropower plant at Niagara Fal I think Tesla may be one of the most brilliant and unique minds that this country has ever seen.
He developed the system by which we generate most of our electricity, built the hydropower plant at Niagara Falls, invented radio and remote control, and may very well have split the atom at the turn of the century. My only problem with this book is that I would have liked it to explain the science a bit better; I am not an electrical engineer, and do not understand the the finer points of electricity. The author breezes over very complicated concepts, and it was frustrating; I really wanted to understand some of the things that Tesla was doing, and Cheney sometimes doesn't even give us the broad strokes.
I was also extremely annoyed when, for a few pages, she delved into some ridiculous Freudian theory to explain Tesla's obsessive compulsive disorder. Given the flaws, though, it's still a very good biography, and the only one that is at all recent, so I would recommend it to anyone with the faintest interest in science, just because the subject is so mesmerizing. Jun 04, Jean rated it it was ok. While Nikola Tesla is an interesting man, this book did not live up to the man's genius.
First off, the writing is not very good, it feels very haphazard and lacking in forethought. This sometimes reads like a list of accomplishments, Nikola Tesla did this, invented that, came up with this idea and so on. Secondly, this biography totally glorifies the man without ever viewing him in a critical way or with a critical approach. The main feeling I got from this book is that Tesla had a lot of ideas While Nikola Tesla is an interesting man, this book did not live up to the man's genius.
The main feeling I got from this book is that Tesla had a lot of ideas, some good, some brilliant, some not all that great or interesting. All those ideas were not experimented with, for lack of financing or impossibility to test them because the equipment available at the time was not sufficiently advanced.
And the book seems to read a lot into those non-tested ideas. In some cases Tesla just came up with peremptory statements and predictions, stating that he could do certain things without ever having proof that he could. And from there the author goes on to say that something that was invented decades later was actually what Tesla had in mind all this time. May 24, Dana rated it really liked it Recommends it for: An excellent biography of a visionary, eccentric man given to strange obsessions and scientific genius.
Well written, well researched, and well worth your time. Briefly for flavor: People speak of decades as if they form natural endings, when in fact they seldom end anything cleanly. Human survivors are dragged into new slices of time with which they feel no harmony and in which they are exposed to rasping change. So it was for Tesla in the Roaring Twenties. Tesla was a misunderstood and eccentric genius who was far ahead of his time, and this book did an admirable job in portraying the man and his work.
It held my interest throughout; highly recommended.
Jan 16, Dorothy Piper rated it it was amazing. Nikola Tesla truly was a man ahead of his time. He was born into an era when the materials that would prove his designs had yet to be invented. Even the words needed to convey his ideas had not been coined. Many of his designs are still classified seventy-three years after his death. Tesla was a magician who held people spellbound while conjuring up his amazing discoveries. Margaret Cheney was clearly in his thrall, evidenced by her resolute championship of Tesla against Edison.
The a Nikola Tesla truly was a man ahead of his time. The awe of the man in the street on seeing the lights in Chicago in must have been akin to my awe when I hear a voice — controlled by an object miles above my head — tell me to turn left in one quarter of a mile.
How do they DO that? Has he been proved right yet? I would have thought so. How else could Voyager 1 have traveled those billions of miles into intergalactic space?
Or the rovers been guided from Earth to Mars to land in the precise areas designated by our scientists? Flamboyant and charismatic, ever a showman when in the public eye, Tesla was the opposite where his work was concerned.
He worked virtually alone, with one or two trusted assistants who remained his lifelong friends. Although acclaimed for the discovery of the rotating magnetic field, and in spite of the staunch support of George Westinghouse, he never received his just deserts and much of his later life was spent seeking funding for his inventions.
He died alone and impoverished in an unpaid hotel room. If ever a man deserved a Nobel Prize, that man was Tesla, but although nominated for one, the prize went instead to Professor W. Bragg and his son. Recognition came posthumously when the International Electrotechnical Commission in Munich made his name an international scientific unit.
One tesla symbol T is the SI-derived unit of magnetic flux density. If only Elon and Nikola could have been alive at the same time.
Who knows what they could have dreamed up between them. Feb 19, Ed Coker rated it really liked it. Tesla was the only real Leonardo da Vinci of our age His genius was in the field of electricity. Many of his inventions have been credited to others in the popular mind and his chief rivals, such as Thomas Edison and Marconi, won Tesla was the only real Leonardo da Vinci of our age Many of his inventions have been credited to others in the popular mind and his chief rivals, such as Thomas Edison and Marconi, won the public relations battle.
But Tesla had a visual imagination for electricity unlike any other. For, example, he invented the electric motor in his mind, set it to work for a few weeks in a corner of his mind to work out the kinks and then drew the final blueprint for the electric motor as we know it today on the first try.
Today the main item associated with his name is the Tesla Coil which remains primarily a toy for physics students and electrical engineers to demonstrate high voltage electricity, but do you realize that he developed and used a Tesla Coil that threw lightening bolts twenty miles across the Colorado prairie prior to and scared the hell out of the residents of Colorado Springs.
Considering that it takes 18, volts to jump a gap of one inch, he pumped out a lot of power. He harnessed alternating current and developed the three phase electrical system. The Supreme Court determined that he invented radio before Marconi but the decision was not rendered until the last year of his life. Almost everything in the modern electronic world is dependent to some extent upon something that Tesla invented except for the incandescent light bulb which is properly credited to Edison.
Everyone should read this biography to see how much he shaped the world as we know it today. Some of the electronic devices Tesla invented and demonstrated have not been duplicated since. In other areas, his mental talents raised issues that were bound to offend. For example, he decided to determine whether humans had a soul or whether everything they did was the result of cause and effect. To decide this, he recalled every incident in his life from an early age and concluded that every action he had taken was a reaction to a cause, i.
I didn't mean to ruin it for you. Margaret Cheney did a great job. You don't have to know a thing about electricity or physics to appreciate what Tesla accomplished. View 1 comment. Sep 25, Carl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone Science minded. Here's to a real genius who was derailed by the monopolies who were threatened by him. He discovered free energy and was brilliant beyond comprehension. You have to read this book to see and understand the infinite possibilities of physics and science and their application.
Feb 29, Ashley Reid rated it liked it Shelves: Tesla was definitely a man ahead of his time. He also seems to be a man that was screwed over by a lot of people. Some parts of the writing seemed to drag, but overall it was an interesting book about a great man. Com um texto saboroso, fluido e leve, Margaret Cheney faz um resumo da vida e do trabalho de Tesla.
Feb 14, Laura Leilani rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book has by far, the most information on Tesla. The amount of detail is phenomenal and her ability to refrain from passing judgement on the main characters shows a strong restraint.
I actually learned several things about history that I had never known before. Unfortunately even electricity, radar and radio were a hard sell; no one knew what they were good for. The short sightedness of average minds can be heart wrenching. M An unforgettable read. I noticed that some people gave this book 1 and 2 stars.
People said that the author had Tesla on a pedestal. That she could not be relied upon to give an accurate account of his sometimes questionable behavior. I did not find this to be the case. The author was clear in what Tesla said he was working on vs what he actually demonstrated. As I read the book, I saw a brilliant man.
By the middle of the book he was a man making more and more puzzling and questionable decisions. By the end he was either nutty as a fruitcake or outright lying. The author presents facts and lets the reader sort it all out. People said she did not address negative things about Tesla, like his lack of belief in atomic power and his disagreeing with Einstein. The author DOES cover this.
People say the book is dry. May 10, Usmishka83 rated it really liked it. Brilliant man, who was ahead of his time! The book wasn't easy to read, but I enjoyed it non the less. It was a first book about Tesla I read. May 11, Matt Mitrovich rated it liked it. Originally posted here: Nikola Tesla is one of those historical figures who seems to have been born to play a mad scientist. Besides his well-known cameo appearance in The Prestige by Christopher Priest, he has appeared in countless steampunk works, such as the Five Fists of Science and War of the Worlds: He was a scientist, an inventor, a visionary and on top of all that he was just enough on the wrong side of the thin line between genius and ins Originally posted here: He was a scientist, an inventor, a visionary and on top of all that he was just enough on the wrong side of the thin line between genius and insanity to make him interesting.
My beautiful and wonderful wife, knowing how much I admired the Serbian pioneer, picked up Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney as a gift, which I was happy to sit down and read almost immediately. So Tesla: Man Out of Time is a pretty straight forward biography. We also learn about Tesla the man and how he became more neurotic with age, his growing and bizarre fascination with pigeons and how his poor business decisions coupled with an extravagant lifestyle also led him to him almost dying in poverty.
For example, he constantly sought funding to create a wireless network that he predicted would allow people all over the globe to access information with devices they could easily fit in their pockets.
Cheney presents Tesla as someone who never fit into the time period he belonged to. He was at heart a Victorian and thus had trouble accepting the increasing independence of women or that atomic energy was a worthwhile theory of study. Yet many of his theories would not be proven to be correct or else at least confirm he was on the right path until the late 20th century or early 21st century when technology caught up enough to finally be able to test him.
Whether Tesla would enjoy our present day remains to be seen. On social issues he may find our world hard to accept as he held anti-Semitic views and was sympathetic to fascism, which was rather disappointing to learn. I thought Cheney did a good job overall in presenting this information. From her perspective it was difficult to write a biography on Tesla since the scientist rarely wrote anything down and embellished many of his ideas and discoveries.
Much of what he did write down was sent back to Yugoslavia near the end of his life and those became lost to the West after the Cold War began. Personally I though Cheney took some of these bizarre claims about Tesla a little too seriously including one where he may or may not have confirmed the existence of ghosts that I began to wonder whether the author believed it herself.
From a technical point of view Tesla: Man Out of Time was well written although the author often jumped around so much on a page it was like watching an episode of Family Guy.
Chapter 1, however, is not written in this style. Honestly I really enjoyed this chapter and almost wished the whole book was written like this. It is an odd choice of words in my opinion. So why not use it?
Admittedly this is sort of a nitpick, but one that was still a head scratcher for me. So is Tesla: Man Out of Time worth reading? Sure, I finished it and learned a lot of interesting stuff about Nikola Tesla. Apr 21, Micah Grant rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great biography of a legend.
The author did a great job of trying to clear up some of the mysteries around Tesla, while still explaining sob of the some of the stranger behaviors of the inventor of the 20th century. Jun 26, Bill reilly rated it really liked it. Thomas Edison is usually the first name that comes to mind when thinking of great inventors.
Nikola Tesla was far more prescient. A Serbian born in Croatia in , coincidentally the same country my maternal grandfather was born in Ivan came here with very little formal education, and yet, he built a house by himself, including all the electrical and plumbing. From his mother, Tesla inherited a photographic memory where he had visions of futuristic inventions in his mind which were later created, often without blueprints.
College education ended when he ran out of money in Prague. Tesla used the library to learn as much as possible.
He also had the sketch of a flying machine. It was and off to Manhattan where he was hired by Thomas Edison. After a dispute over money, they part ways.
This occurred despite a dirty tricks campaign by Edison that would make Richard Nixon blush. Tesla developed the first versions of the x-ray, wireless radio, fluorescent lights, and the atom smasher, all before Tesla had already demonstrated it, in public, in In addition to his scientific brilliance, Tesla spoke seven languages fluently and was a poet and philosopher. He suffered from OCD. Some of the symptoms were repetitive counting and a severe germ phobia.
Pearl earrings terrified him. A lifetime worth of work was lost. By , at a new lab on Houston Street, Tesla continued to work on wireless radio and electricity. He built an oscillator and attached it to an iron beam and when he turned it on it caused a small earthquake in the neighborhood.
Tesla commented that he could bring down the Brooklyn Bridge with the device. The first wireless remote controlled boat was exhibited at Madison Square Garden in William Shockley won the Nobel prize for the transistor in Tesla had three patents on earlier versions in In need of isolation for his experiments, he moved from NYC to Colorado in He created man made lightning from a foot tower which knocked out the power in nearby cities.
The mad scientist in Frankenstein seems to be based on Tesla. In , he spoke of the importance of conservation and the future of wind and solar power. Although he made millions in his lifetime, the money was either given away to friends, or put into further scientific research.
The book is from and also predates cell phones. He was a fixture at Bryant Park, feeding the pigeons and taking injured birds back to his hotel room. At one point, the birds covered him from head to toe.
It made me think of St. On January 7, , Nikola Tesla died alone, with the exception of his beloved pigeons. Jun 08, Todd Stockslager rated it liked it Shelves: Even 65 years after his death, Tesla still stirs such intense emotions that he seems less a scientist than a spiritual leader. Some consider him the greatest mind in science with near-mythical powers of observation and ratiocination; others dismiss him as a fuzzy-minded thinker who envisioned great things but executed on few of them.
This sharp disconnect clouds Cheney's biography, which introduces the reader to both sides of Tesla but clearly leans toward the worshipful respect and the dismissa Even 65 years after his death, Tesla still stirs such intense emotions that he seems less a scientist than a spiritual leader. This sharp disconnect clouds Cheney's biography, which introduces the reader to both sides of Tesla but clearly leans toward the worshipful respect and the dismissal of critics as conspiratorial cranks.
Bare facts: Tesla's ideas were instrumental in the invention and practical application of AC electric power generation, transmission, and distribution, and of wireless radio broadcasting confirmed by the U. Supreme Court shortly after he died. He announced ground-breaking theories in many other areas, but was both perennially short of funds and psychologically unprepared to do the research and development to bring these ideas to practical fruition. From this monetary misery and method of madness arises much of the dichotomy of feelings about Tesla's place in science.
Those who worship Tesla place the blame for these unfulfilled theories on parsimonious money men unwilling to fund the future or on shadowy conspiratorial enemies governments or competing monopolies who wanted to live in the past. Those who take a more traditional view of science credit Tesla for his theories, but are disappointed by his failures to experiment and to publish and present his ideas in traditional professional scientific refereed venues.
Additional notes from the author: If you want to learn more about Tesla, I highly recommend reading Tesla: Man Out of Time Also, this Badass of the week by Ben Thompson is what originally inspired me to write a comic about Tesla. Ben's also got a book out which is packed full of awesome. It's corny and full of bad acting, but it paints a fairly accurate depiction of his life. The drunk history of Tesla is quite awesome, too. X-rays: just to clarify, Tesla did not discover x-rays, but he was one of the early pioneers in its research.
Cryogenic engineering: I'm referring to the cryogenic engineering that has to do with using liquified air to cool a coil and reduce its electrical resistance Patent No. Transistor: Tesla's influence on the modern transistor can be found in patents , and , Supreme Court overturned Marconi's patents on the invention of radio.
So Tesla eventually won that battle, although he was dead by then. Tesla VS Edison: I could write a novel on the differences between Tesla and Edison, but seeing as how this comic is already huge I decided to leave many things out.