The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often misunderstood and unrewarded. But he finds ample compensation in the pleasing exercises of his powers and in the knowledge of being one of that exceptionally privileged class without whom the race would have long ago perished in the bitter struggle against pitiless elements.
Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) was an eccentric and reclusive Serbian-American inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his lifelong feud with Thomas Edison, pioneering wireless technology, and his many contributions to the design of modern alternating current (AC) electricity. His autobiography My Inventions, originally serialized in six parts in the monthly tech magazine Electrical Experimenter in 1919, finds the famous inventor recalling his formative years and expounding on his major discoveries and inventions – including the rotating magnetic field, the magnifying transmitter, and the Tesla coil – before ending with a rumination on the failure of his Wardenclyffe Tower, and eye-opening explanations of weather manipulation and (what a modern reader can only describe as) UFO technology! This volume also includes nine additional articles, six of which Tesla penned for EE that same year.
“Tesla really understood the interconnectivity of the universe.”
& Other Essays
“Inspiration—that is what he gave to other inventors whose endeavors his life spanned, and that is what his work continues to give to technical specialists in these times.” —Margaret Cheney, Tesla: Man Out of Time
“Today, we yet find that the writings of Tesla retain their undiminished power of inspirational endeavor to the reader.” —Leland Anderson
“An eccentric genius who out-invented Edison and discovered radio before Marconi . . . Nikola Tesla may be one of the most important men of invention in our nation’s history.” —David J. Kent, Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity
“Were we to seize and to eliminate the results of Mr. Tesla’s work, the wheels of industry would cease to turn, our electric cars and trains would stop, our towns would be dark, our mills would be dead and idle.” —Bernard A. Behrend
“In almost every step of progress in electrical power engineering, as well as in radio, we can trace the spark of thought back to Nikola Tesla. There are few indeed who in their lifetime see realization of such a far-flung imagination.” —Ernst Alexanderson
“Nikola Tesla, in the opinion of authorities, today is conceded to be the greatest inventor of all times. Tesla has more original inventions to his credit than any other man in history. He is considered greater than Archimedes, Faraday, or Edison. His basic, as well as revolutionary, discoveries for sheer audacity have no equal in the annals of the world. His master mind is easily one of the seven wonders of the intellectual world.” —Hugo Gernsback, Electrical Experimenter
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.63 inches
Cover: Matte Finish
Interior: Black & White on Cream Paper
Pages: 244 (+2 POD)