My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola TeslaBy Nikola Tesla




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“The progressive development of man is virtually dependent on
invention. It is the most important product of his creative
brain.” Nikola Tesla, uncelebrated oracle of the electronic
age without whom our telephone, radio, automobile ignition,
and television would have been unrealized, was born in
Croatia in 1856. He studied physics and mathematics at Graz
Poly Tech, then philosophy at the University of Prague. He
went on to work as an electrical engineer in Budapest,
Hungary, then France, and Germany. During this time he
invented the alternating induction motor which allowed the
possibility of the universal transmission and distribution of
electricity. Nikola Tesla came to the United States in 1884
and worked for Thomas Edison, becoming Edison’s rival because
Edison only believed in the merchandising of inferior DC
electric power. However, Tesla was employed as the dynamo
designer for the Edison Machine Works while he obtained more
than 100 patents and designed 700 inventions. He made a power
transmission which was an economic necessity, yet his
inventions did not make him a wealthy man. When he died in
1943 in his room at the Hotel New Yorker, his notable
research on wireless communication by fax machines, radar,
and radio-guided missiles evidenced the validity of his
theories. He said, “I am credited with being one of the
hardest workers.”

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  • Brand: Brand: BN Publishing
  • Published on: 2007-12-03
  • Original language: English
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  • Dimensions: 9.00″ h x .21″ w x 6.00″ l, .34 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 120 pages


  • ISBN13: 9789562914260
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
My Inventions has been the primary source for all
Tesla biographers. Editor Ben Johnston has a 16 page
introduction that traces Tesla’s career through a maze of
sensationalism and controversy.

From the Back Cover
The reclusive, brilliant engineer who:
Invented the Niagra power system that made Edison’s obsolete
Sold Westinghouse 40 patents that broke a General Electric
monopoly Discovered the radio methods that Marconi converted
into a fortune Built a radio-guided torpedo before Ford ended
the horse-and-buggy era Tried, with J.P. Morgan’s backing, to
change the earths electric charge! Joined giants Ampere,
Watt, and Volta in history’s most select circle when the
world scientists named a new unit of magnetism and Tesla.

About the Author
Nikola Tesla (1856 -1943) was an inventor, mechanical
engineer, and electrical engineer. He was an important
contributor to the birth of commercial electricity, and is
best known for his many revolutionary developments in the
field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. Tesla’s patents and theoretical work formed the
basis of modern alternating current (AC) electric power
systems, including the polyphase system of electrical
distribution and the AC motor. This work helped usher in the
Second Industrial Revolution. Born an ethnic Serb in the
village of Smiljan, in the Austrian Empire, Tesla was a
subject of the Austrian Empire by birth and later became an
American citizen. Because of his 1894 demonstration of
wireless communication through radio and as the eventual
victor in the “War of Currents”, he was widely respected as
one of the greatest electrical engineers who worked in
America. He pioneered modern electrical engineering and many
of his discoveries were of groundbreaking importance. In the
United States during this time, Tesla’s fame rivaled that of
any other inventor or scientist in history or popular
culture. Tesla demonstrated wireless energy transfer to power
electronic devices as early as 1893, and aspired to
intercontinental wireless transmission of industrial power in
his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project. Because of his
eccentric personality and his seemingly unbelievable and
sometimes bizarre claims about possible scientific and
technological developments, Tesla was ultimately ostracized
and regarded as a mad scientist by many late in his life.
Tesla never put much focus on his finances and died with
little funds at the age of 86, alone in the two room hotel
suite in which he lived, in New York City. The International
System of Units unit measuring magnetic field B. In addition
to his work on electromagnetism and electromechanical
engineering, Tesla contributed in varying degrees to the
establishment of robotics, remote control, radar, and
computer science, and to the expansion of ballistics, nuclear
physics, and theoretical physics.


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