I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a book that would have been better if I read it instead of listen or it would be a good book for the e-book with whisper-sync. It was a bit hard to follow unless I took notes. Paul Nahin covered the innovative ideas and history of mathematician George Boole (1815-1864) and electrical engineer Claude Shannon (1918-2001). The book explained classic logic vs Boolean logic in depth. He also covered how Boolean algebra is the bases of electronic circuitry that everything today works on. He covered a great deal on data transmission and its importance in day to day live. The world would not function without this innovated body of work. Allan Robertson did a good job narrating the book.
Simon Prebble did a great job narrating the story. The book goes into more depth surrounding the times of Tesla. It gives an overview history of Serbia and surrounding countries. In covering the education of Tesla the author also introduces the reader to the professors that influenced him. Marc Seifer also covers in depth the interaction between Edison, Bell, Westinghouse and investors such as J.P. Morgan, John Aster, Stanford White and others. Tesla health, habits and mental health are covered. Seifer goes into depth covering the wide array of invention of Tesla and many are just becoming a factor in our daily life. It was also interesting to note that there are many more invention that the department of defense placed under a blanket of national security and no information is available on these inventions. This book has only made me want to know more about Tesla and his fellow engineers of the 1890s.
When I was in high school Albert Einstein was my hero and I read all I could find about him. When I got to University it changed to Nikola Tesla. I am always surprised at how few people know about Tesla and how important he is to our daily life. This is a very short book telling about Tesla early life in Serbia and his relationship with his family. His mother was a well known inventor as was all her family. Tesla attended university in Germany and Czechoslovakia, he obtained an engineer degree and a degree as a physicist he spoke 5 languages. He went to work for Thomas Edison when he came to the U.S. but Edison did not get along with him because of Tesla education. The story gives some basic information about Tesla but the book is just too short. For those interested in more information read books by Marc Seifer or Margaret Cheney for starters. He was a man at least one hundred year ahead of his time. Many things you use today he is the inventor, fax machines, wireless communication, a.c. electrical current and so on. He also worked in France for Alexander Bell and he had many inventions to the telephone and its transmission. This is a good book for a brief introduction into the life of Tesla.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite my short time.
Who was Nikola Tesla? I had a vague idea, but after reading this well researched book, I can say I know the man. Without him, I cannot imagine how the world would be. No computer, no radio, no tv, no remote control...
He made a difference, a dent in the world that we live in.
But his personal life was no so bright. He struggled for money (and lost focus in his work because he was so obsessed about constructing his tower), was a celibate, treated the pigeon like his sons and was always kicked off by hotels. In other hand, he was always mixed with the "cream de la cream" of the society, always dressed very well and was frequently bragging that the money would pour in...
He dreamed about free communication and free power, about internet, preached equality between men and women, and cared deep about nature.
Who was Tesla? A unique guy indeed.