|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction: Everywhere Is Energy 1
1 Born Between Today And Tomorrow 9
2 A Glorious Dream 35
3 Reverberation Of Heaven's Artillery 47
4 A Whirling Field Of Force 67
5 As Revolutionary As Gunpowder Was To Warfare 73
6 Order Of The Flaming Sword 87
7 Divine Organ Of Sight 97
8 Earthquakes And Friends 119
9 Fire And Robots 137
10 Like A God Controlling Nature's Power 151
11 Sheer Audacity 167
12 Too Much Of A Poet And Visionary 191
13 So Far Ahead Of His Time 207
Epilogue: Boldness Of Ignorance 237
Appendix: The Marvel Of Electricity 253
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fascinating biography of a remarkable individual. Richard Munson shows both the inventor and the person. Well written. Great stories. Provides Tesla his due as a great scientist.
This book, thankfully, is about the man, not the car. What a fascinating genius! What a dramatic life! Munson effectively reveals both in a fast-paced, but fact-filled, biography. "Tesla: Inventor of the Modern" is a real treat of a read.
Excellent biography. Tesla was both a remarkable inventor -- giving us electric motors, robots, and radio -- but a fascinating individual. Well written and engaging.
I received this book compliments of the author. "Day after day I asked myself what is electricity and found no answer. Eighty years have gone by since and I still ask the same question, unable to answer it." - Nikola Tesla Tesla was a very complicated human being. He was intelligent, neurotic and driven. He accomplished great things, but also sabotaged his own efforts. He couldn't work well under others and had no savvy regarding money. He was a bigger bundle of contradictions than most of us. Richard Munson does a fine job of showing the contradictions while pointing to the importance of Tesla's contributions to the life we take for granted today. Because of Tesla's work with alternating current, electric power is not confined to factories, businesses and homes of the very rich. He and George Westinghouse had to put up a serious fight against Edison and his allies who pushed the safer direct current. That was a huge and very concrete gift toward modern living. Tesla never had interest in producing commercially viable products and as his interests shifted financing became harder to obtain. To my mind he became a 'theoretical inventor'. The things he foresaw make it easy to see why Steve Jobs and Elon Musk became fanboys. Munson's assessment that Tesla deserves greater recognition is hard to argue against. Munson includes a brief chapter called The Marvel of Electricity as an appendix. You may want to read it early on. The story Munson tells is of a fascinating life a lack of understanding about currents and motors shouldn't keep you from reading it.
Although I hadn't read much, I had long been fascinated by Nikola Tesla, although my initial image was that he was quite odd. This biography admits his quirks, but also explores his brilliant inventions and reveals Tesla as a charming individual with much drama in his life. This now is one of my favorite biographies.