Tesla: Man Out of Time

Tesla: Man Out of Time

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

In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists and inventors. Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was, without a doubt, a trailblazing inventor who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent. Tesla not only discovered the rotating magnetic field -- the basis of most alternating-current machinery -- but also introduced us to the fundamentals of robotics, computers, and missile science. Almost supernaturally gifted, unfailingly flamboyant and neurotic, Tesla was troubled by an array of compulsions and phobias and was fond of extravagant, visionary experimentations. He was also a popular man-about-town, admired by men as diverse as Mark Twain and George Westinghouse, and adored by scores of society beauties.

From Tesla's childhood in Yugoslavia to his death in New York in the 1940s, Cheney paints a compelling human portrait and chronicles a lifetime of discoveries that radically altered -- and continue to alter -- the world in which we live. Tesla: Man Out of Time is an in-depth look at the seminal accomplishments of a scientific wizard and a thoughtful examination of the obsessions and eccentricities of the man behind the science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451674866
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 172,948
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Margaret Cheney is a biographer of unusual versatility. In addition to her two major studies of Tesla (most recently Tesla: Master of Lightning, with Robert Uth), she has written Midnight at Mabel's, a biography of the great cabaret singer and song stylist Mabel Mercer. Cheney is also the author of Meanwhile Farm and Why: The Serial Killer in America. She lives in California.

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Tesla 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
READ THIS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doing a research paper on Tesla and found this book to have many inaccurate facts when compared to Tesla's own writings and that of other authors. Wouldn't recommend this book.
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BurriedInABook More than 1 year ago
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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I would love to speak with Mr. Tesla - what an interesting person.
IneffableInexorable More than 1 year ago
I found this book fascinating and it was written in an easy, almost novelesque manner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really am enjoying the content but its not the most well structured biography
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best and most engaging and entertaining works about the life and times of Nikola Tesla
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.