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Nikola Tesla (1856–1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Unabridged CD|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.70(d)|
About the Author
Marc J. Seifer is the author of several books, including the acclaimed biography Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla. He teaches psychology at Roger Williams University.
One of AudioFile magazine's Golden Voices, Simon Prebble has received over twenty Earphones Awards and five Listen-Up Awards, and he has been a finalist fourteen times for an Audie Award. In 2006, Publishers Weekly named him Narrator of the Year, and he was named Booklist's 2010 Voice of Choice.
What People are Saying About This
Wizard is a truly remarkable biography of a remarkable man. The expression 'ahead of his time' is used too loosely and too often today but in the case of Nikola Tesla 'ahead of his time' barely describes the genius of this man. Marc Seifer makes us understand not only the man but the times in which he lived.
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.From the Publisher
"Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age." -Publishers Weekly Starred Review