Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius

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Citadel Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 542 pages
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" "Wizard"] brings the many complex facets of Tesla's] personal and technical life together in to a cohesive whole. . .. I highly recommend this biography of a great technologist." --A.A. Mullin, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, COMPUTING REVIEWS
" Along with "A Beautiful Mind"] one of the five best biographies written on the brilliantly disturbed." --WALL STREET JOURNAL
""Wizard "is a compelling tale presenting a teeming, vivid world of science, technology, culture and human lives." --NEW SCIENTIST
"Marc Seifer is an excellent writer and scholar, who has produced a wonderfully readable and illuminating biography of one of the most intriguing men of this century. . . mak ing] us understand not only the man, but also the times in which he lived. . . . A] masterpiece." --NELSON DEMILLE
"The author presents much new material. . . and] bases his book on a large number of archival and primary sources. . .. Underneath the layers of hero worship, the core of Seifer's book is a serious piece of scholarship." --Ronald Kline, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
"Seifer has done a remarkable job going through all the Tesla manuscripts. . . ferret ing] out hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles in which he traces out Tesla's public image and] offers a reasonable reconstruction of Tesla's emotional world. . . . Seifer has significantly advanced our understanding of Tesla." --Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, for ISIS
"It is my opinion that Dr. Seifer leads the world as the most authoritative of all the Tesla researchers." --J.W. McGINNIS, President, International Tesla Society
"Far and away the best job among Tesla biographies." --Jeffrey D. Kooistra, INFINITE ENERGY
""Wizard "is . . . utterly absorbing with chapters charting all stages of Tesla's life. . .. Seifer treats his prodigious subject with sympathy and realism." --NEXUS
"Wizard. . . presents a much more accurate. . . picture of Tesla. . .. It] is thorough, informative, entertaining and a valuable addition to electrotechnological history, past and future." --ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES
"In modern times, Tesla may be enjoying a comeback thanks to books like "Wizard."" --THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Here is a deep and comprehensive biography of a great engineer of early electrical science. Indeed, it is likely to become the definitive biography of the Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla. . . .. Highly recommended." --AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
  

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Very comprehensive and well researched. - Goodreads
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Review: Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

User Review  - Ravi Singh - Goodreads

Probably the definitive book on a genius who did not get his due during his time. Now of course the foremost electric car company of the world is named after him. The book is long and a tough read ... Read full review

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User Review  - Danilo Stern-Sapad - Goodreads

I weep for the genius that was Nikola Tesla. The greatest mind since Galileo. Read full review

Contents

Heritage
1
Childhood 185674
5
College Years 187582
15
Tesla Meets the Wizard of Menlo Park 188285
27
Liberty Street 188688
40
Induction at Pittsburgh 1889
51
Bogus Inventors 188990
61
South Fifth Avenue 189091
66
The House of Morgan 1901
245
World Telegraphy Center 1901
256
Clash of the Titans 1901
266
The Passing of the Torch 1902
275
Wardenclyffe 19021903
283
The Web 19031904
293
Dissolution 19041906
307
The Child of His Dreams 19071908
324

Revising the Past 1891
73
The Royal Society 1892
83
Father of the Wireless 1893
98
Electric Sorcerer 1893
110
The Filipovs 1894
122
Niagara Power 1894
132
Effulgent Glory 1894
138
Fire at the Lab 1895
146
Martian Fever 189596
152
High Society 189497
158
Shadowgraphs 1896
167
Falls Speech 1897
171
Luminaries 189698
178
Socerers Apprentice 189697
182
Vril Power 1898
193
WaldorfAstoria 1898
204
Colorado Springs 1899
214
Contact 1899
220
Thors Emissary 1899
230
The Heros Return 1900
236
Bladeless Turbines 190910
336
The Hammond Connection 190913
343
J P Morgan Jr 191214
357
Fifth Column 191416
368
The Invisible Audience 191521
378
Transmutation 191821
395
The Roaring Twenties 191827
404
Faster Than the Speed of Light 192740
416
Living on Credit 192540
428
Loose Ends 193143
436
The FBI and the Tesla Papers 194356
446
The Wizards Legacy
463
The Magnifying Transmitter A Technical Discussion
471
The Tunguska Incident
476
Bibliography
477
Notes
487
Acknowledgments
532
Index
534
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