In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the 20th century's greatest scientists and inventors. Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was, without a doubt, a trailblazing inventor who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent. Tesla not only discovered the rotating magnetic field - the basis of most alternating-current machinery - but also introduced us to the fundamentals of robotics, computers, and missile science. Almost supernaturally gifted, unfailingly flamboyant and neurotic, Tesla was troubled by an array of compulsions and phobias and was fond of extravagant, visionary experimentations. He was also a popular man-about-town, admired by men as diverse as Mark Twain and George Westinghouse, and adored by scores of society beauties.
From Tesla's childhood in Yugoslavia to his death in New York in the 1940s, Cheney paints a compelling human portrait and chronicles a lifetime of discoveries that radically altered - and continue to alter - the world in which we live. Tesla: Man Out of Time is an in-depth look at the seminal accomplishments of a scientific wizard and a thoughtful examination of the obsessions and eccentricities of the man behind the science.
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A comprehensive biopic of the legendary genius Nikola Tesla that is riveting as it is revealing of both his great achievements, personal life and the historical, economic and social milieu of his time. Both Tesla as well as a number of his contemporaries are portrayed with piercing realism and presence, and the circumstances in which he operated are described in great detail from his financial struggles, fascinating experiments and demonstrations, the grandeur of his ideas and visions to the opposing interests of some of his contemporaries and industry magnates and t. An enjoyable performance that evokes a sense that everything is possible while at the same time illustrating the limitations of our own time.
Didn't realize it was so dated. About 35 years old now. I wonder what technical advancements have made using Tesla's ideas since the book was written and published.
A very insightful and eye opening biography on one of the most over looked man who's work and inventions have touched almost every life on the planet for a hundred years.
This is a great book. Well written, researched and executed. My jaw was on the floor many times. We have been lied to all these years about our history of invention. What could have been will probably not exist in our country. It will be in another time where the people are ready to accept it. Don't miss this book!
Very informative book about Tesla's life, providing a deep dive into his personal life, his work, and the world he lived in. Still some unanswered questions remaining, for reasons of national security so there isn't a clean wrap.
The author clearly doesn't understand how any of his inventions worked. The narrator just prattles on and on about creations in the same esoteric language that Tesla used and does not attempt to make sense of it in a modern context. It's monotonous, unstructured and a let down, given the subject matter. The guy was a clearly nuts, but that is less interesting than what he created. I guess social eccentricities are easier to research and talk about, than technical innovation.
This is a brilliantly written piece of non fiction about a man who probably had the most impact on technical advances in modern times until Steve Jobs
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