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Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, and futurist. He is best known for his contributions to the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system, the successful system in the "War of Currents" and the Tesla coil. Nikolas Tesla's patents and theoretical work helped form the basis of wireless communication and radio. He is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency experiments in New York and Colorado Springs, experiments in X-rays, and his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project. Tesla's achievements and his abilities as a showman demonstrating his seemingly miraculous inventions made him world famous. He made a great deal of money from his patents, but he also spent a lot on numerous experiments over the years. In the last few decades of his life, he ended up living in diminished circumstances as a recluse in a series of New York City hotel rooms, occasionally issuing unusual statements to the press. Because of his pronouncements and the nature of his work over the years, Tesla gained a reputation in popular culture as the archetypal "mad scientist". He died penniless and in debt on 7 January 1943.… (mer)
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    The Invention of Everything Else av Samantha Hunt (Imprinted)
    Imprinted: A novel about Nikola Tesla — visionary genius and inventor of AC electricity and wireless communication — eking out his last days at the rundown Hotel New Yorker.
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Years ago I read some sort of work about Tesla ....I think it was "Tesla's forgotten inventions" and I formed the view that he was an extraordinary individual who had an almost intuitive understanding of electricity ....rather like Michael Faraday. And this book is actually a very small collection of essays written by him in during 1919 and published in the Electrical Experimenter (which seems to be a precursor to "Popular Mechanics" or "Science and Mechanics" (of which I have a collection from around 1950-1960). This short book is an autobiography of sorts and he appears to be extraordinarily open about his background his way of visualising things and his various mental breakdowns. He talks of working from 10.30 am to 5am the next morning for a year without a break (that's 18.5hrs a day...leaving him only 5.5 hrs for sleeping and everything else one needs to do to live.....seems a bit exaggerated to me). But then again he kept having mental breakdowns of sorts whilst simultaneously proclaiming his strength and health. Without having some background in electrical terminology, it's a bit hard to follow his various inventions because they are not necessarily obvious from the way they are named. Most of the inventions seem to be flowing from his fertile mind (and lab) around the turn of the century (1900) but the articles were written much later when he was about 63 years old.
Some interesting extracts follow:
He describes an incident which obviously made a big impression on him.....though sounds like a migraine headache: viz..." I had been long confined to the factory and the fresh air had a wonderfully invigorating effect on me. On my return to the city that night I felt a positive sensation that my brain had caught fire. I saw a light as though a small sun was located in it and I past the whole night applying cold compressions to my tortured head. Finally the flashes diminished in frequency and force but it took more than three weeks before they wholly subsided."
He lived with some elderly relatives for a time but was constantly affected by Malaria......" But I lived in an atmosphere of refinement and artistic taste quite unusual for those times and conditions. The land was low and marshy and malaria fever never left me while there despite of the enormous amounts of quinine I consumed. Occasionally the river would rise and drive an army of rats into the buildings, devouring everything even to the bundles of the fierce paprika." It seems almost inconceivable today how he could be so active and creative when subject to such health privations.
Interesting also that his parents were keen to place him in the clergy: what a loss this might have been to science. See "During all those years my parents never wavered in their resolve to make me embrace the clergy, the mere thought of which filled me with dread. I had become intensely interested in electricity under the stimulating influence of my Professor of Physics, who was an ingenious man and often demonstrated the principles by apparatus of his own invention."
He was quite insistent that wireless was one of the greatest inventions and the Americans (including himself in this instance) were the main contributors. See " There are, however, exceptional reasons why wireless should be given the fullest freedom of development. In the first place it offers prospects immeasurably greater and more vital to betterment of human life than any other invention or discovery in the history of man. Then again, it must be understood that this wonderful art has been, in its entirety, evolved here and can be called "American" with more right and propriety than the telephone, the incandescent lamp or the aeroplane. Enterprising press agents and stock jobbers have been so successful in spreading misinformation that even so excellent a periodical as the Scientific American accords the chief credit to a foreign country, The Germans, of course, gave us the Hertz-waves and the Russian, English, French and Italian experts were quick in using them for signalling purposes."
A surprising amount of the autobiography is devoted to his psychological and spiritual musing.......surprsing for such a scientists but also reflective of the times and the environment in which he was raised (His father was a priest). See "For many years I endeavoured to solve the enigma of death, and watched eagerly for every kind of spiritual indication. But only once in the course of my existence have I had an experience which momentarily impressed me as supernatural. It was at the time of my mother's death. I had become completely exhausted by pain and long vigilance........ When I recovered I sought for a long time the external cause of this strange manifestation and, to my great relief, I succeeded after many months of fruitless effort............I had seen the painting of a celebrated artist, representing allegorically one of the seasons in the form of a cloud with a group of angels which seemed to actually float in the air, and this had struck me forcefully. It was exactly the same that appeared in my dream, with the exception of my mother's likeness.
While I have failed to obtain any evidence in support of the contentions of psychologists and spiritualists, I have proved to my complete satisfaction the automatism of life, not only through continuous observations of individual actions, but even more conclusively through certain generalizations........ We are automata entirely controlled by the forces of the medium being tossed about like corks on the surface of the water, but mistaking the resultant of the impulses from the outside for free will."
And I was greatly impressed by his prescience in anticipating the negative outcomes of the League of nations and the reparations imposed on Germany. Maybe even predicting WWII. See "The proposed League is not a remedy but on the contrary, in the opinion of a number of competent men, may bring about results just the opposite. It is particularly regrettable that a punitive policy was adopted in framing the terms of peace, because a few years hence it will be possible for nations to fight without armies, ships or guns, by weapons far more terrible, to the destructive action and range of which there is virtually no limit. A city, at any distance whatsoever from the enemy, can be destroyed by him and no power on earth can stop him from doing so. If we want to avert an impending calamity and a state of things which may transform this globe into an inferno, we should push the development of flying machines and wireless transmission of energy without an instant's delay and with all the power and resources of the nation."
If you want to try to understand his inventions, this is not the book for that but it's an interesting introspection by an incredible individual. Four stars from me. ( )
  booktsunami | Jun 11, 2024 |
> Babelio : https://www.babelio.com/livres/Tesla-Mes-inventions/362360

> “À ma grande surprise, je conçus bientôt que
*toutes mes pensées avaient été comme
manoeuvrées par des impressions extérieures et
que toutes mes actions se trouvaient
commandées de la même manière. Au fur et à
mesure, il devint flagrant que j'étais un simple
automate dont les mouvements survenaient en
réaction à des ‘stimulations' de mes organes
sensoriels.”

--Nikola Tesla - Mes Inventions

> “L'être humain est un automate autonome
entièrement sous le contrôle d'influences
extérieures. Délibérées et prédéterminées
lorsqu'elles apparaissent, ses actions sont régies
non pas de l'intérieur mais de l'extérieur. Elles
sont comme un flotteur jeté dans les vagues
d'une mer turbulente.”

--Nikola Tesla

> “Mon cerveau est seulement un récepteur.
Dans l'univers, il y a un coeur qui nous fournit
du savoir, de la force, de l'inspiration. Je n'ai
pas pénétré dans les secrets de ce coeur mais je
sais qu'il existe.”

--Nikola Tesla
  Joop-le-philosophe | Mar 16, 2022 |
Luckily for society, Tesla devoted his life to inventing vs. writing. Maybe because his original manuscript was written almost a hundred years ago, I found the style of the text somewhat dry, disorganized, and disjointed. It's a shame, because he was a brilliant man and visionary inventor.
I think Tesla gave his future readers too much credit for being able to clearly understand and envision just what he was talking about when describing some of his work and inventions. There were many opportunities to explain more, to describe the conditions and work that went into his ideas, etc., but those opportunities weren't always taken. That may have been because the book is so short.
For a better story about Tesla and Westinghouse and Edison and the era of electricity innovations and development, I actually preferred ​Graham Moore's "The Last Days of Night". Even though that was a fictionalized account of their actions, disagreements, and progress, you get the idea of just what Tesla was like, and what he was able to accomplish. ( )
1 rösta rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
While reading bits of information about the life of Nikola Tesla, I wish he got more credit than Thomas Edison. I remember when the latter, together with Albert Einstein, was featured in our English book in Grade Four. There's also an interesting historical animé series that features the greatest inventors in history; I don't recall Tesla being included. In fact, I only learned about him while reading my favorite genre. (You can read about him in almost every Steampunk book). ( )
1 rösta DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
Curious little book, with startling insight into the thoughts of Nikola Tesla, who may well have been given a sensory disorder diagnosis if these insights were shared in more recent times. His abilities and insights are quite remarkable, some of his predictions for the future were extraordinary and some were quite on the mark. Worth a read, even though it is relatively short, because we rarely get this snapshot of the minds of people like this. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
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Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, and futurist. He is best known for his contributions to the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system, the successful system in the "War of Currents" and the Tesla coil. Nikolas Tesla's patents and theoretical work helped form the basis of wireless communication and radio. He is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency experiments in New York and Colorado Springs, experiments in X-rays, and his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project. Tesla's achievements and his abilities as a showman demonstrating his seemingly miraculous inventions made him world famous. He made a great deal of money from his patents, but he also spent a lot on numerous experiments over the years. In the last few decades of his life, he ended up living in diminished circumstances as a recluse in a series of New York City hotel rooms, occasionally issuing unusual statements to the press. Because of his pronouncements and the nature of his work over the years, Tesla gained a reputation in popular culture as the archetypal "mad scientist". He died penniless and in debt on 7 January 1943.

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