Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

by Richard Munson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393635447
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 190,002
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Richard Munson is the author of several books, including From Edison to Enron and Cousteau: The Captain and His World. Based in Chicago, Illinois, he directs Environmental Defense Fund’s clean-energy efforts in the Midwest.

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

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 263

Index 291

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Tesla: Inventor of the Modern 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Cole2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
CPetersCP More than 1 year ago
Excellent biography. Tesla was both a remarkable inventor -- giving us electric motors, robots, and radio -- but a fascinating individual. Well written and engaging.
TMaze 11 months ago
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.
Anonymous 11 months ago
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.