Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

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Princeton University Press, 2015 M04 27 - 520 páginas

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.

 

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Crítica de los usuarios  - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing

This was a great biography of the famed inventor. All the little anecdotes, mixed with the important details of his life, were here and made me wonder and think about both Tesla and his creations ... Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - jannid - LibraryThing

what a remarkably odd man. Interesting read. Leer comentario completo

Contenido

Chapter
12
Chapter Four
76
Pushing Alternating Current in America 18921893
158
Chapter
176
Chapter Eleven
193
Chapter Twelve
214
Chapter Thirteen
262
Chapter Fourteen
302
Chapter Fifteen
331
Chapter Sixteen
368
Epilogue
396
Note on Sources
415
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W. Bernard Carlson is professor of science, technology, and society in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of history at the University of Virginia. His books include Technology in World History and Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric, 1870-1900.

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