HjemGrupperSnakMereZeitgeist
Søg På Websted
På dette site bruger vi cookies til at levere vores ydelser, forbedre performance, til analyseformål, og (hvis brugeren ikke er logget ind) til reklamer. Ved at bruge LibraryThing anerkender du at have læst og forstået vores vilkår og betingelser inklusive vores politik for håndtering af brugeroplysninger. Din brug af dette site og dets ydelser er underlagt disse vilkår og betingelser.
Hide this

Resultater fra Google Bøger

Klik på en miniature for at gå til Google Books

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla :…
Indlæser...

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius… (original 1996; udgave 2001)

af Marc Seifer (Forfatter)

MedlemmerAnmeldelserPopularitetGennemsnitlig vurderingOmtaler
448841,533 (3.29)12
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.… (mere)
Medlem:NickGiraffe
Titel:Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius (Citadel Press Book)
Forfattere:Marc Seifer (Forfatter)
Info:Citadel Trade (2001), Edition: Reprint, 542 pages
Samlinger:Goodreads
Vurdering:
Nøgleord:to-read

Detaljer om værket

Wizard : the life and times of Nikola Tesla : biography of a genius af Marc Seifer (1996)

Ingen
Indlæser...

Bliv medlem af LibraryThing for at finde ud af, om du vil kunne lide denne bog.

Der er ingen diskussionstråde på Snak om denne bog.

» Se også 12 omtaler

Viser 1-5 af 8 (næste | vis alle)
Wizard: Life and Times of Nikola Tesla Audiobook
 
I listened to this in my vehicle over many weeks. I have always been fascinated by Nicola Tesla and also aware that he has been "cultified" to a great extent and that some of his biographies are questionable in terms of veracity.
 
This biography claims to be the most truthful it terms of the author having accessed much of the original material available and not having relied on previous biographers. I guess in this way some of the myths about Mr Tesla get debunked along the way.
 
He did invent wireless as we know it and Marconi's patent was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 1943 thereby acknowledging Tesla as the inventor of wireless. Notwithstanding that, I was brought up with the belief that Marconi was the man. Just goes to show that a well repeated lie beats the truth hands down on most days.
 
This biography is nothing if not comprehensive. It pretty much starts at the beginning and ends at the end and in between those points not many stones are left unturned in the attempt to portray this genius. Does it succeed? Well, I'd have to say yes to that. Did I enjoy it? Maybe, it was very long and very repetitive in places and sometimes the format got in the way of the material.
 
But you don't pick up a biography for entertainment so the criteria for review are somewhat different. It is a well researched and put together piece of work. I don't think the author is impartial, I think he is a complete fan of Mr Tesla and has had to temper his enthusiasm in places. I think being a fan of the subject is not a bad thing in a biographer.
 
There were a couple of bits that I struggled with, the author's Freudian analysis of Tesla's celibacy stretched my credibility and patience but I feel curmudgeonly in saying that because that piece of criticism is like saying that there was a speck of dust on the cover. If you want to know more about Nicola Tesla this is the book.
 
He also covers the conspiracy theorists' subject of his "missing papers" and the "death ray".
 
I guess I could list all the things that we owe to Nicola Tesla, like our AC power system that is used globally and say that he didn't just come up with the idea of how to make AC power but he presented all of it complete in one go, the generation, distribuition and deployment. And that in the face of mathematicians with "conclusive" proof that AC electricity was an impossibility. That IBM, when patenting the ideas and technology in their mainframe computer, found that they could not take out some patents because Nicola Tesla had already patented the ideas 50 years earlier.
 
The man was a genius, flawed maybe but a genius nonetheless and this book will illuminate and illustrate that completely.
 
  ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
The biography of Nikola Tesla. I wish someone would tell me why we learn about Thomas Edison in school, but not Nikola Tesla. NOTHING we have in our current society would be possible without the inventions and research this great man did. He is responsible for AC current which powers virtually every home and business in the world. Edison was in business making DC current and fighting a battle with Tesla (which Edison lost, thankfully) to have his vastly inferior form of electricity (because DC voltage and current drop over distance and can't be distributed for more than a few miles from where it is generated, while AC current can go for hundreds of miles). Tesla invented the florescent light (Edison did incandescent). Tesla invented remote control boats and vehicles. Tesla invented the oscillators which are the basis of radio transmission which Marconi pirated illegally and took the credit for (this was proven in court and Tesla was vindicated as the true inventor of radio transmission). These are but the tip of the iceberg. Tesla is without any doubt the greatest inventor in the history of mankind. He was also pretty flakey and had a huge ego and an inability to make sound financial decisions, but that does not take away from the greatness of his intellect and ability to see the potential of things that others had never given any thought to. The book is well written, though be aware that by it's nature, it does deal with science and inventions which the average person may be unaware of. I did not have any problem following most of the content. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
This is a biography of Nicola Tesla, the late 19th, early 20th century inventor, widely credited with invention of the multi-phase alternating current motor, among many other things. He is perhaps best known for his sometimes contentious rivalry with the far more celebrated contemporary, Thomas Edison. In fact, Edison who invented the mono-filament light bulb, was a champion of utilizing direct current electricity. Tesla certainly won that round.

This biography follows the life of Tesla in a purely chronological manner, from his birth in Eastern Europe through his ultimate death, eighty-six years later in the United States. It touches upon many of his revolutionary ideas, along with sometimes fascinating interaction with the preeminent scientists and theoreticians of the era. Harnessing electricity and radio waves were revolutionary pursuits, undertaken by many of brightest minds of Tesla’s generation.

Patents flew fast and furious and lawsuits filled the courthouses with contesting claims of priority. Tesla has become almost a mythical figure, as one whose ideas were behind many of the most groundbreaking discoveries of the era, yet failing to achieve recognition or reward, in comparison to others such as Edison and Marconi. Much of this was his fault, due to poor business decisions and an inability or refusal to translate most of his theories and inventions into practical application.

The book itself contains quite a bit of very enlightening personal and historical information regarding Tesla and his contemporaries, and while it frequently ventures into the realm of hagiography, not excessively so in comparison with most biographies. My biggest complaint lies in the amount of technical information provided to the readers. Given the fact that probably less than 0.1% of readers are electrical engineers, I found the level of technical specificity to be somewhat excessive. Also, the author provides frequent quack psychological analysis that is in no way helpful.

From the standpoint of biographies, this is pretty much a second-rate effort when compared to many others I have read. David McCollough would have done a much better job. ( )
  santhony | May 5, 2020 |
I'm not sure if he was crazy or if all the electricity he ran through his body made him that way. He may have been a great inventor but a poor businessman. Tesla also enjoyed a lifestyle that did not fit the amount of money he brought in. He also seemed to have a tough time getting to the finish lines with projects. He had great dreams and hopes but never seemed to push them over the edge. Whether it was waning interest or the fact that the project lacked funds many inventions were still in development stage. This book was well researched and included lots of snippets of correspondence. This was an enjoyable read, and probably would have been more enjoyable if i knew more about electricity. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
I'm not sure if he was crazy or if all the electricity he ran through his body made him that way. He may have been a great inventor but a poor businessman. Tesla also enjoyed a lifestyle that did not fit the amount of money he brought in. He also seemed to have a tough time getting to the finish lines with projects. He had great dreams and hopes but never seemed to push them over the edge. Whether it was waning interest or the fact that the project lacked funds many inventions were still in development stage. This book was well researched and included lots of snippets of correspondence. This was an enjoyable read, and probably would have been more enjoyable if i knew more about electricity. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
Viser 1-5 af 8 (næste | vis alle)

» Tilføj andre forfattere

Forfatter navnRolleHvilken slags forfatterVærk?Status
Marc Seiferprimær forfatteralle udgaverberegnet
Prebble, SimonFortællermedforfatternogle udgaverbekræftet
Du bliver nødt til at logge ind for at redigere data i Almen Viden.
For mere hjælp se Almen Viden hjælpesiden.
Kanonisk titel
Oplysninger fra den engelske Almen Viden Redigér teksten, så den bliver dansk.
Originaltitel
Alternative titler
Oprindelig udgivelsesdato
Personer/Figurer
Vigtige steder
Vigtige begivenheder
Beslægtede film
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Indskrift
Tilegnelse
Første ord
Citater
Sidste ord
Oplysning om flertydighed
Forlagets redaktører
Bagsidecitater
Originalsprog
Oplysninger fra den engelske Almen Viden Redigér teksten, så den bliver dansk.
Canonical DDC/MDS
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.

No library descriptions found.

Beskrivelse af bogen
Haiku-resume

Quick Links

Populære omslag

Vurdering

Gennemsnit: (3.29)
0.5
1 2
1.5
2 7
2.5 2
3 15
3.5 2
4 15
4.5
5 5

Tantor Media

Een udgave af denne bog er udgivet af Tantor Media.

» Information om udgiveren

Er det dig?

Bliv LibraryThing-forfatter.

 

Om | Kontakt | LibraryThing.com | Brugerbetingelser/Håndtering af brugeroplysninger | Hjælp/FAQs | Blog | Butik | APIs | TinyCat | Efterladte biblioteker | Tidlige Anmeldere | Almen Viden | 158,013,834 bøger! | Topbjælke: Altid synlig