I had heard of N Tesla, but knew almost nothing. This book is very complete, and that is good because Nick was an "illuminati". It was tediously long mainly because my knowledge of electronics is rudimentary. I enjoyed it the reader is awesome.
Skiped chapters glad it ended. lacked vivid excitement of the era's in which he lived. but kept lovelesd dry encylsapedic as an IEEE meeting, unvivid,
I was excited to start this book, and dove in right away. The text itself is very concise and well written, and incredibly thorough. The human interactions were colored with anecdotes and a bit of color here and there. I made it through the first half of the book ok, buy it seemed to become more a task to get through some of the more mundane details, especially concerning tangents on other characters. Overall it was good. and I probably would have rated it 5 if it were edited a bit more.
The narrator is awesome, though his character voices can at times be over the top or distracting.
although lengthy, I enjoyed getting extended glimpses of n Tesla life . detailed personality analysis
Too bad science isn't revered as much as it was in his time. Movie, Sport and Rock are the stars of today. Can you name one scientist a kid can grow up to admire? But such advances we'll have in the arts. Oh well, hopefully there will be another Tesla or Einstein in spite of ourselves.
I think it was well spent. Interesting to learn about the politics/economics from back at the turn of the last century (1900). Unfortunately not a lot has changed since many of the progressive reforms of Roosevelt have been rolled back here in the 21 century.
A bit dull.
Tesla a very interesting individual who probably due to his own short comings has not received anywhere near the credit he deserves for his inventions which monumentally changed the world of the time. We can't even imagine living without these machines that simply did not exist prior to Nicola Tesla.
Like most of us, I had heard the controversy about Tesla: Genius or Freak? This work did little to document the genius part. While Nick was clearly a bright fellow, what is described is a troubled hypomanic dandy who is so beset by feelings of social inferiority that he surrounds himself with people of name-dropping fame, while espousing fantastic nonsense to his bedazzled audience.
He did indeed do some nice work of the early AC motor, as did others, many of his ideas were more Jules Verne than Thomas Edison. Some ideas like 'making nitrogen fertilizer from the air" were already done & in production elsewhere. Others were subtle spin-offs, like the light tubes, of the work of several others. The author is too quick to brand Tesla's failures on the greed & conspiracies of others rather than recognizing the impracticality or impossibility of his ideas.
We could have learned more with an exploration of his antisemitism, his "celibacy' (homosexuality?), and areas of terrible judgement, like not buying fire insurance.
This was an unbalanced story told
You have no idea how intertwined is the work of Tesla to our technology and culture; from our dependency to electricity to Frankenstein movies. Get to know Tesla.
Tesla is a fascinating character in the history of technology. But this book does not do him, or us, justice. To begin with, the book spends fairly little time on Tesla's genuine contributions to the development of induction motors and AC power generation and transmission. But it spends a great deal of time on later, and much more controversial, claims of contributions to radio, wireless power transmissions, death rays and (in my opinion) silly philosophical musings by Tesla. I feel that, in a futile attempt to bolster the popular view of Tesla as the inventor of almost everything, the author has belittled the deserved reputation of an important, but limited, contributor to the science and technology of electricity. Pointless meanderings into the science of handwriting and questionable psychological theories further undermine the author's case. Instead of the intended result of defending Tesla against those who claim he was a kook without any non-derivative contributions, the author's implausible defenses of Teala's latter life behavior merely gives the detractors more ammunition.
I found the narrator difficult to get used to. His natural voice sounds almost like a parody of an effete snob. But I adjusted and actually enjoyed some of the voices he put on for characters in the book.
But I cannot recommend this book. If there isn't a better Tesla biography out there, then someone needs to write one.