Tesla: Man Out of Time

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 2, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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In this “informative and delightful” (American Scientist) biography, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of Nikola Tesla, one of the twentieth century’s greatest scientists and inventors.

In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth 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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Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney ★ ★ ★ Tesla was a great inventor and great contributor to modern technology. Yet, he has often been forgotten and slipped through the cracks until the last ... Read full review

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Tesla came up with a few things Like the AC generator, Lights with no wires and perhaps radio before Marconi. Tesla had royalties with Westinghouse on every watt of power generated but sold this right ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
13
Modern Prometheus
19
A Gambling Man
25
Immigrants of Distinction
42
At the Court of Mr Edison
49
The War of the Currents Begins
61
Order of the Flaming Sword
76
Ridiculed Condemned Combatted
203
The Great Radio Controversy
221
Midstream Perils
231
The Nobel Affair
237
Flying Stove
247
Radar
258
The Guest of Honor
267
Pigeons
275

Radio
89
High Society
105
High Road Low Road
119
An Error of Judgment
130
To Mars
142
Robots
155
Hurler of Lightning
171
Blackout at Colorado Springs
181
Magnificent and Doomed
192
Transitions
286
The Birthday Parties
292
Cosmic Communion
309
The Missing Papers
328
The Legacy
343
Reference Notes
357
Postscript
377
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Margaret Cheney is a biographer of unusual versatility. In addition to her two major studies of Tesla (most recently Tesla: Master of Lightning, with Robert Uth), she has written Midnight at Mabel's, a biography of the great cabaret singer and song stylist Mabel Mercer. Cheney is also the author of Meanwhile Farm and Why: The Serial Killer in America. She lives in California.

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