Tesla: Man Out of Time

  • by Margaret Cheney
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey, Cassandra Campbell
  • 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the 20th 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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What was most disappointing about Margaret Cheney’s story?

The author clearly doesn't understand how any of his inventions worked. The narrator just prattles on and on about creations in the same esoteric language that Tesla used and does not attempt to make sense of it in a modern context. It's monotonous, unstructured and a let down, given the subject matter. The guy was a clearly nuts, but that is less interesting than what he created. I guess social eccentricities are easier to research and talk about, than technical innovation.

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- James

Good but very dated.

Didn't realize it was so dated. About 35 years old now. I wonder what technical advancements have made using Tesla's ideas since the book was written and published.
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- Daniel I Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio