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Tesla : inventor of the electrical age

Author: W Bernard Carlson
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America's first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Nikola Tesla; Nikola Tesla; Nikola Tesla; Nikola Tesla; Nikola Tesla; Nikola Tesla
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W Bernard Carlson
ISBN: 9780691057767 0691057761 9780691165615 0691165610 9781400846559 1400846552
OCLC Number: 820118804
Awards: Commended for PROSE (Biography/Autobiography) 2013
Winner of Society for the History of Technology Sally Hacker Prize 2015
Commended for AAP/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards: Biography and Autobiography 2013
Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2013
Long-listed for Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014
Description: xiii, 500 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. Dinner at Delmonico's --
An ideal childhood (1856-1878) --
Dreaming of motors (1878-1882) --
Learning by doing (1882-1886) --
Mastering alternating current (1886-1888) --
Selling the motor (1888-1889) --
Searching for a new ideal (1889-1891) --
A veritable magician (1891) --
Taking the show to Europe (1891-1892) --
Pushing alternating current in America (1892-1893) --
Wireless lighting and the oscillator (1893-1894) --
Efforts at promotion (1894-1895) --
Looking for alternatives (1895-1898) --
Stationary waves (1899-1900) --
Wardenclyffe (1900-1901) --
The dark tower (1901-1905) --
Visionary to the end (1905-1943) --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: W. Bernard Carlson.

Abstract:

"Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America's first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society and dazzling the likes of Mark Twain with his electrical demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and gifted showman, he cultivated a public image of the eccentric genius. Even at the end of his life when he was living in poverty, Tesla still attracted reporters to his annual birthday interview, regaling them with claims that he had invented a particle-beam weapon capable of bringing down enemy aircraft. Plenty of biographies glamorize Tesla and his eccentricities, but until now none has carefully examined what, how, and why he invented. In this groundbreaking book, W. Bernard Carlson demystifies the legendary inventor, placing him within the cultural and technological context of his time, and focusing on his inventions themselves as well as the creation and maintenance of his celebrity. Drawing on original documents from Tesla's private and public life, Carlson shows how he was an "idealist" inventor who sought the perfect experimental realization of a great idea or principle, and who skillfully sold his inventions to the public through mythmaking and illusion. This major biography sheds new light on Tesla's visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his most important technological breakthroughs"--

"This is a biography of one of the major 20th-century scientists, Nikola Tesla. It is interdisciplinary, containing accounts of U.S. manufacturing in the early 1900s and other contemporary cultural materials"--

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One of Amazon.com's 2013 Best Science Books One of Booklist Online's Top 10 Science & Health Books for 2013 One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013 One of The Guardian's Best Popular Read more...

 
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