Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Geniusby Marc Seifer, Marc Seifer, William H. Terbo
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"[Wizard] brings the many complex facets of [Tesla's] personal and technical life together in to a cohesive whole. . .. I highly recommend this biography of a great technologist." --A.A. Mullin, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, COMPUTING REVIEWS
"[Along with A Beautiful Mind] one of the five best biographies written on the brilliantly disturbed." --WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Wizard is a compelling tale presenting a teeming, vivid world of science, technology, culture and human lives." --NEW SCIENTIST
"Marc Seifer is an excellent writer and scholar, who has produced a wonderfully readable and illuminating biography of one of the most intriguing men of this century. . . mak[ing] us understand not only the man, but also the times in which he lived. . . . [A] masterpiece." --NELSON DEMILLE
"The author presents much new material. . . [and] bases his book on a large number of archival and primary sources. . .. Underneath the layers of hero worship, the core of Seifer's book is a serious piece of scholarship." --Ronald Kline, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
"Seifer has done a remarkable job going through all the Tesla manuscripts. . . ferret[ing] out hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles in which he traces out Tesla's public image [and] offers a reasonable reconstruction of Tesla's emotional world. . . . Seifer has significantly advanced our understanding of Tesla." --Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, for ISIS
"It is my opinion that Dr. Seifer leads the world as the most authoritative of all the Tesla researchers." --J.W. McGINNIS, President, International Tesla Society
"Far and away the best job among Tesla biographies." --Jeffrey D. Kooistra, INFINITE ENERGY
"Wizard is . . . utterly absorbing with chapters charting all stages of Tesla's life. . .. Seifer treats his prodigious subject with sympathy and realism." --NEXUS
"Wizard. . . presents a much more accurate. . . picture of Tesla. . .. [It] is thorough, informative, entertaining and a valuable addition to electrotechnological history, past and future." --ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES
"In modern times, Tesla may be enjoying a comeback thanks to books like Wizard." --THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Here is a deep and comprehensive biography of a great engineer of early electrical science. Indeed, it is likely to become the definitive biography of the Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla. . . .. Highly recommended." --AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
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The writing of Wizard has been a twenty year journey for me. In 1976, I read a book about a man who came from Venus to give this planet the AC polyphase system, fluorescent lights, the induction motor, remote control, robotics, and wireless communication. His name was Nikola Tesla.
Since I had never heard of this name, I set out to prove or disprove whether or not this seemingly fantastic statement was true. Tesla became the topic of my doctoral dissertation. Essentially, what I did was to research the histories of each of these inventions. To my utter astonishment, I found out that Tesla was indeed the primary inventor of all these technologies. How could this be? How could a man who invented so many key creations have virtually vanished from the history books?
After reading the other major biographies, I found that there were a number of key questions that remained. Wizard sets out to:
- establish Tesla's place in the history of modern technology,
- put Tesla in his correct historical position within his times, and
- explain exactly how such an important inventor could have been literally dropped from the history books.
Set up in a strict chronology, Wizard makes use of numerous primary documents, including more than 400 letters, information from Tesla's private notebooks, and information derived from the Freedom of Information Act. Wizard was boxed and starred and called "revelatory" by Publishers Weekly, and described as "a serious piece of scholarship" by Scientific American, "utterly absorbing" by Nexus, and "a masterpiece" by bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Wizard is also highly recommended by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.
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