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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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By Jean on 03-24-13
When I was in high school Albert Einstein was my hero and I read all I could find about him. When I got to University it changed to Nikola Tesla. I am always surprised at how few people know about Tesla and how important he is to our daily life. This is a very short book telling about Tesla early life in Serbia and his relationship with his family. His mother was a well known inventor as was all her family. Tesla attended university in Germany and Czechoslovakia, he obtained an engineer degree and a degree as a physicist he spoke 5 languages. He went to work for Thomas Edison when he came to the U.S. but Edison did not get along with him because of Tesla education. The story gives some basic information about Tesla but the book is just too short. For those interested in more information read books by Marc Seifer or Margaret Cheney for starters. He was a man at least one hundred year ahead of his time. Many things you use today he is the inventor, fax machines, wireless communication, a.c. electrical current and so on. He also worked in France for Alexander Bell and he had many inventions to the telephone and its transmission. This is a good book for a brief introduction into the life of Tesla.
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By Gerardo on 11-13-16
Not the best account of Tesla's life & inventions
Nikola Tesla was a genius inventor. But a terrible writer.
This is his autobiography, written directly by him, by a crazy scientist who changed the world, whose mind ran a million miles per hour. It's disorganized, lacks context, lacks a story. I love biographies and science, this was a bad book.
Further, the narrator makes the problem worse. It's like NIkola invented a reading robot and gave him his unfinished manuscript. There is no emotion, no emphasis. Worse, there are no pauses. It goes from one though to the next, soundling like it's the same sentence.It makes this it much harder to follow the audiobook and harder to get any value from it.
Skip this one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful