Tesla: His Tremendous and Troubled Life

Tesla: His Tremendous and Troubled Life

Tesla: His Tremendous and Troubled Life

Tesla: His Tremendous and Troubled Life


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The enigmatic Nikola Tesla—stalked by his ever-present inner demons—invents the modern world. His astonishing story is that of a new-age god, a genius, a Zeus, a wonderful Wizard, yet a deeply troubled one. He tames the mysterious force called “electricity;” he dazzles the world with his endless inventions and discoveries; he blazes new paths in science that profoundly impact our daily lives; he turns fantasies into realities; his thought experiments disrupt scientific norms; he gives us many of the indispensable tools we use today; and famous actresses and chanteuses clamor for his attention as powerful men desire to be his friend . . . all before an astonished world. Yet all the while he keeps his own counsel, as he simultaneously struggles with the challenging consequences of bipolar disorder: flights of manic energy alternating with depressive depths of great despair. He shuns the clichés of a quotidian life, while forever seeking to “lift the burdens from the shoulders of mankind.” It would become his lifelong leitmotif, but at what cost to him?

The authors Marko Perko and Stephen M. Stahl, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., propose a “new- style biography” entitled T E S L A: His Tremendous and Troubled Life. They will examine Nikola Tesla in a manner that has yet to be accomplished in publishing history―asking and answering the seminal question: Who was the real man with an extremely complex psyche/personality, who lived with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and a hyperthymic temperament spilling over at times into high flying bipolar mania and then crashing into devastating depression—and not simply the iconoclastic scientist who invented the modern world?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633887725
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 666,082
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue vii

Note to the Reader xi

Cast of Characters xv

Timeline of Significant Events xix

Timeline of Psychiatric Events xxiii

Part I Dreaming

1 Lightning and Thunder: Precocious 3

2 Halcyon Days: Learning the Basics 23

3 On the Continent: Testing the Limits 40

4 Home in America: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 61

5 War of the Currents: Mania, Wrath, Anger 76

6 New Creations: Unhappy, Uncertain 92

Part II The War Continues

7 Searching for the New; Charisma, Showman, Mania Sells 111

8 Tour de Force: Triumph, Tragedy 122

9 The Show Must Go On: The Glory of AC 138

10 The Protectors: Naiveté 156

11 The Great Conflagration: Broken Spirit 170

12 From Earth to Mars: Bewildered, Betrayed, yet Triumphant 177

13 Lightning and Thunder Redux: Explosions in the Mind 196

14 The Wardenclyffe Wonder: Narcissism, Hypomania, Vanity 215

Part III To Lift the Burdens

15 Principle over Profit: Grandiosity, Humanity 233

16 Strange Brew: Bizarre, Psychosis, Reality Testing, Magical Thinking 248

Part IV Deep in the Abyss

17 Into the Ether: Postmortem 263

18 The Brand: Legacy 268

Epilogue 271

Acknowledgments 275

Appendix A Patents: Inventions and Discoveries 277

Appendix B Bibliographical Essay 279

Notes 281

Bibliography 321

Index 329

About the Authors 339

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