“A very interesting look at one of the greatest minds the human race ever produced. Very well worth the read.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A very interesting look at one of the greatest minds the human race ever produced. Very well worth the read.”Raving Redcoat wrote this review Sunday, June 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome book about one of my favorite inventors!”John Reder wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nikola Tesla was an inventor and electrical engineer that was perhaps most responsible for our modern system of alternating current. Few would have the nerve to question the decisions of the great Thomas Edison (The Wizard of Menlo Park) let alone to waltz into his office and tell him that his direct current system would never work. These two men could have shared the Nobel Prize in 1915 but neither would have accepted the prize with the other's name attached. It is something that Tesla had solved many problems theoretically in his mind and others in the physical world but sometimes recalled only that he had solved the problem. His walk in the park and staggering vision of the alternating current motor changed the world and worked exactly as he had envisioned in his mind. Tesla claimed that he had invented the capacity to split the Earth as well as transmit signals to Mars and communicate with alien civilizations. He claimed to have developed a death ray that would end all wars. He was later ruled to have invented the radio (in advance of Marconi) and had envisioned and created what is now known as radar in advance of World War II. He was not a fan of Einstein and Tesla was incorrect in his criticisms. He was a man that made many mistakes and had many bizarre habits and problems almost to the point of severe mental problems. His strange obsessions included the love of pigeons and one particular pigeon that was an inspiring force in his experiments and science. This book was well researched but was not always as critical as it might have been and was very reverant of Tesla at all times and overlooked a lot of negative character traits. That said...the text did a good job of exposing some interesting material about his life and a decent job of trying to describe a man that was largely a hermit at various points in his life. It is interesting to note that the FBI and other government groups attempted to recover some of Tesla's most secret papers regarding work on weapons such as a death ray. It seems likely that radar advancements and other stun ray weapons that have been developed by the military are largely inspired by Teslian research. If you feel like this biography just scratches the surface and that you still do not know Tesla....I suspect that this is also true as the inventor was highly secretive and had a deep distrust of Thomas Edison and his competitors. It is safe to assume that Tesla may have had many advancements in his mind and not well documented as well as others that were kept very secret and not exposed. I also suspect that he had other ideas that were perhaps too dangerous to discuss or that he had abadoned for various reasons. He was known to be anti-semitic at times...although this is a little unclear as to motive and he was not a Nazi nor did he support these types of things. I suspect that he was a very suspicious man and kept much to himself and was reluctant to share ideas (as others such as Marconi and Edison had stolen much from him). This book might answer a few questions about a strange inventor but leaves a lot to wonder about. ”James L Tobias wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fantastic account of one of the most brilliant and interesting men to ever walk the Earth.”Greg H wrote this review Saturday, October 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 couple decade. And if you're looking for a biography on this great (yet slightly neurotic and crazy) man, this is definitely the biography for you to pick up. It is detailed and is equal in talking about the good and the bad of this man. There are several books about him but from what I can tell, this is the best so far.
I rated this book 3 stars but felt it deserved more. My lack of more stars is more due to me than the book. I read most this book in a haze. I tried to read it mostly when evacuated and for obvious reasons my brain just didn't comprehend it. There is some technical jargon that is explained for even those with no experience in the world of science but my poor brain was elsewhere. And unfortunately for that reason the poor book suffers because of my inability to concentrate. But regardless, this IS a good book and a lot of good information. Just remember when reading this book that it was written in the 1980s'. So “technology of today and the future” aren't so today and future like. Definitely a must read for fans of Tesla and his work or for those that don't even know who he is!
PS. Just by chance I finished this book on Tesla's 156th Birthday. This made me happy and was fitting.”
“An excellent book about a very brilliant mind that has for the most part been ignored by the scientific, historical, and business community. Many of our advances in modern society can be linked to his work. Things like radio, TV, cable, power generation, telecommunications, wireless communication, and medical imaging.”Allen Hartley wrote this review Thursday, May 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didn't know a lot about Nikola Tesla before reading this. I found the book very interesting and well written.”Zach D wrote this review Tuesday, March 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Anyone who is a fan of The Wizard himself should read this, his definitive biography by Margaret Cheyney. Her to-the-point style and tedious research make for a highly informative and enjoyable read about the original Mad Scientist.”Jeffrey A. Stephens wrote this review Friday, February 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well researched biography. Sometimes too many details.”Ted G wrote this review Thursday, January 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No