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Nikola Tesla

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Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of ...

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Overview

Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of research, and the exhilaration and rewards of discovery.

Nikola Tesla examines the life and accomplishments of this brilliant but enigmatic scientist, detailing the breakthroughs that made him legendary and the possible factors that led to his personal and financial decline. As an inventor, researcher, and engineer, Tesla was an important contributor to the fields of commercial electricity and electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His patents and theoretical work formed the basis of the modern cell phone, and fluorescent light, radio, television, radar, and neon signs are only a few of the everyday products that exist because of his contributions to science. Ironically, Tesla ended his life with very little, dying alone and nearly penniless in a New York hotel.

Nikola Tesla includes more than 30 color photographs and four-color line illustrations, a chronology, a glossary, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Trailblazers in Science and Technology is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides a factual look at the lives and accomplishments of prominent scientists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604136708
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Trailblazers in Science and Technology Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,379,927
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 First Inventions 1

An Uneasy Childhood 1

Mysterious Force 3

Inventive Boy 4

Strange Illnesses 6

Understanding Electricity 8

Michael Faraday's Generator: The First Source of Steady Electricity 8

A Rejected Improvement 10

Conquering an Addiction 11

The AC Induction Motor 12

Young Man in Paris 15

2 A New Home 18

Difficult Journey 18

DC versus AC 19

Conflicting Personalities 23

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931): The Wizard of Menlo Park 24

Shaky Starts in Business 27

Westinghouse 28

3 The War of the Currents 31

Dueling Accusations 31

The Electric Chair 33

The Tesla Coil 34

A Fateful Decision 37

A Wave of Successes 38

Landmark Lectures 40

The Basics of Radio 40

Tesla at the Columbian Exposition 43

The Columbian Exposition 45

4 Waterfall of Power 48

Harnessing Niagara 48

A Peak of Fame 50

Disaster and Triumph 52

Champion of Renewable Energy 55

An Emerging Rival 56

Accidental Earthquake 58

Robot Boat 60

New Plans 62

5 Towers of Dreams 65

Mysterious Laboratory 65

Standing Waves 66

Blackout 67

Message from Space 69

Martian Fever 71

A New Supporter 72

Wardenclyffe 73

Years of Frustration 76

Bladeless Turbine 77

6 Death Ray 80

Failures and Successes 80

Disappointments 83

The Edison Medal 83

End of a Dream 85

Testa's Vision of the Future 86

A Unique Love 87

Flivver Planes and Deadly Rays 89

Radar 92

Death of a Lonely Man 94

Government Mysteries 95

Enduring Legacy 98

Conclusion 99

Chronology 102

Glossary 114

Further Resources 118

Index 123

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