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This is the story of a genius--the enigmatic Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)--and his vast contribution to science. Years in the making, this thoroughly researched volume presents important new materials: archival documents and photographs; excerpts from Tesla's writings, lectures, and diaries; selections from his correspondence (some previously unpublished). By placing Tesla's patents and inventions in historical context, the book documents how aspects of television, X-rays, satellite transmission, and advance defense ...

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Overview

This is the story of a genius--the enigmatic Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)--and his vast contribution to science. Years in the making, this thoroughly researched volume presents important new materials: archival documents and photographs; excerpts from Tesla's writings, lectures, and diaries; selections from his correspondence (some previously unpublished). By placing Tesla's patents and inventions in historical context, the book documents how aspects of television, X-rays, satellite transmission, and advance defense systems such as the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) were foreshadowed in Tesla's work. The 250 black-and-white and duotone images create an invaluable record of the man and his times vividly showcasing his inventions and working methods. Tesla: Master of Lightning illuminates the life and grand achievements of this eccentric wizard.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760710050
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/1999
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Cheney is the author of three previous books, including the classic biography Tesla: Man Out of Time for which she received the first International Tesla Award. A former Associated Press editor, she is currently a member of the executive board of the Tesla Memorial Society. She resides in California.

Robert Uth is a documentary film producer and writer. With his wife, Simonida, he has spent years researching the life of Nikola Tesla. This research is also reflected in his documentary Tesla: Master of Lightning.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi
1. An Old World Childhood 3
2. Geniuses Collide 13
3. War of the Currents 23
4. High Frequency 35
5. Lionized and Ionized 47
6. Niagara Falls 55
7. Who Invented Radio? 65
8. X-Rays, Earthquakes and Robots 75
9. Colorado Springs 85
10. Wardenclyffe Tower 97
11. Powerhouse in a Hat 109
12. Honors, Welcome and Otherwise 117
13. War by Electrical Means 125
14. Poet and Visionary 133
15. A Weapon to End War 141
16. Enigmatic to the End 149
17. The Paper Trail 157
18. The Cosmic Signature 167
References 175
Bibliography 179
Index 181
Photo Credits 184
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    You may be shocked by this remarkable account of Tesla's life

    Nikola Tesla was an inventor who lived around a hundred years ago. He was perhaps the foremost electrical genius of his time. Everybody remembers Tommy Edison better, but the truth is that Tesla was probably the smarter man. While he has been forgotten, his inventions are all around us. The AM radio you listen to when driving to work? Tesla. The alternating current 'AC' electrical system that you plug things into at your house? Not possible without a host of inventions from Tesla. The fluorescent lighting in your office? Tesla helped develop them. The toy radio controlled boat you play with on Saturdays? Tesla built the first one. He even laid out a design for radar decades before the first one was built. One his best remembered inventions was the 'Tesla Coil.' He actually designed a number of different versions of these devices which are used take electricity and increase the frequency and voltage.........................Tesla had several ideas about how the coil could be used that included radio signals and wireless power transmission. When a Tesla coil is running it can produce impressive electrical show with sparks, and corona discharges. A giant coil built at Tesla's Colorado laboratory was capable of creating sparks 135 feet in length. As Tesla aged his inventions seem to become less and less practical. One of Tesla's last ideas was a charged particle beam. Such as 'death ray,' if built, would have been capable of downing airplanes or destroying objects at a distance. Though no death ray was ever built during Tesla's lifetime, both the U.S. and the USSR spent quit a bit of money trying to get it to work during the cold war. Tesla: Man Out Of Time by Margaret Cheney captures the legacy and accounts of a brilliant inventor's rewarding and troublesome life. Margaret Cheney gives a thorough and complete account of his life, from the experiments and ideas to the parties and social letters. A excellent book for anyone who isn't familiar with the scientific aspects of modern electrical engineering and wants a accurate explanation of Tesla's works.......................Hattely

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    Who was Tesla ... and why is he important!

    I purchased this book in a B&N bookstore, where I love to browse and relax. I associated the name of Tesla with the 'Tesla Coil', but like many engineers my age, did not study him in college or know much about his career. What an eye-opener! I only wish that I had Ms. Cheney's book when I was in high school. I read it in one sitting, then re-read it again, quoting passages to my wife and anyone else who would listen. The book is fantastic, and about an incredibly talented electrical engineer. I wish it was required reading in all college engineering courses.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Great read

    READ THIS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    Revelation and joy.

    This wonderful revelation of Nikola Tesla reminds me of Richard Patton's book 'The Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth and the Missing Years' in which the human being was replaced by the Icon of Christianity. Tesla was politically emasculated so that we should believe he was a 'fringe' scientist instead of the great humanitarian this book reveals him to be. Both Patton and Cheney have revealed great men that came to release mankind from the illusion that we are not all connected to the greater force that many call God. Like Cheney's previous books on Tesla, this reveals new and wonderful frontiers that Tesla knew were real.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    Comprehensive account of a Genius' life

    Cheney does a good job of detailing the life and work of Tesla,a Yugoslavian student who revealed the principles of alternating current and when emigrating to the US helped harness Niagra Falls as a hydroelectric source and was in constant disfavor in the eyes of Edison who felt AC was a threat to his discovery of DC. Tesla is somewhat a mystery and had a rich social life which included Mark Twain. Tesla dazzled people with his experiments, many of which are still enigmatic. The Tesla coil is named after him and he hoped one day the whole earth's atmosphere could be used to provide free and constant electric power wirelessly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    I loved it!

    This book is insightful and well-written. The collection of photographs in the book really help the reader understand Tesla's inventions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    The line between genius and insanity is very thin, or they can run parrallel.

    I would love to speak with Mr. Tesla - what an interesting person.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    I found this book fascinating and it was written in an easy, alm

    I found this book fascinating and it was written in an easy, almost novelesque manner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Nikola's book "Tesla: Man Out of Time" is a very inter

    Nikola's book "Tesla: Man Out of Time" is a very interesting book about an inventor truly out of his time. I never really knew the accomplishments of Tesla nor the way that he was raised; Tesla jumping from roof tops while light headed to see if he could fly.(genius in the making) I also never knew that he worked for Thomas Edison and made Alternate current. Also his uniqueness and passion for inventing which drove him to create many versions of the things we use today. Margret Cheney did a great job at writing about the inventor including much detail that let the image come to life in my mind. She also did a great job at making me feel more connected with the characters and their real lives. By the end of the book I found myself ever more wanting to build a time machine and go dine with amazing inventor him using numbers divisible by three and me using even numbers to count my chewing and other obsessive compulsive habits. I have to give the book 5-5 stars because of the great writing style of the author and the truly amazing life of an inventor who has made an impact on my life. I will always consider Nikola Tesla to be one of the greatest inventors in the world and this to be one of his greatest biographies good job Margret Cheney. By M.S.S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    After working with electricity, electronics, and computers since

    After working with electricity, electronics, and computers since I was sixteen and seeing my health run down in my thirties, I started to wonder if Nicola Tesla had the same experience. Sure enough, there are plenty of tales about his strange mental behaviors and nervous breakdowns. There are no doubts that he was brilliant in the first half of his life, but he was very clearly a sick man. One can only wonder why it has taken over a century for the toxicity of electricity to emerge when Tesla clearly was displaying problems from his exposures. The toxicity of electricity is an "inconvenient truth". This was a great book that gave me the answers that I was looking for. I am now back into good health after detoxifying from the toxic exposures that I had.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Fascinating story not so well written

    I really am enjoying the content but its not the most well structured biography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    Review of 'Tesla: Man Out of Time' by Margaret Cheney

    One of the best and most engaging and entertaining works about the life and times of Nikola Tesla

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