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In this informative and delightful American Scientist biography, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of Nikola Tesla, one of the twentieth century s greatest scientists and inventorsIn Tesla Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth 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 s, 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


10 thoughts on “Tesla: Man Out of Time

  1. Josh Hamacher Josh Hamacher says:

    What a disappointing read I honestly struggled to finish this biography after starting it with such high hopes.Tesla is a fascinating character His early work laid the groundwork for much of the modern alternating current based electrical grid Later on he made major discoveries in wireless communications but was unable to capitalize on either The later part of his life is marked by grand proclamations but little actual experimentation He s something of a controversial figure and the jury is What a disappointing read I honestly struggled to finish this biography after starting it with such high hopes.Tesla is a fascinating character His early work laid the groundwork for much of the modern alternating current based electrical grid Later on he made major discoveries in wireless communications but was unable to capitalize on either The later part of his life is marked by grand proclamations but little actual experimentation He s something of a controversial figure and the jury is still out on many of his inventions, including whether or not he actually made various discoveries or if he was just deluding himself.Cheney does a remarkable job of turning this fascinating story into a dry, boring slog While generally her writing is technically fine it just doesn t flow She also has some very annoying habits 1 She provides very few hard dates and skips forwards and backwards in time, making it very hard to understand the ordering of major events.2 She provides almost no technical details on anything engineering related.3 She clearly has no understanding of most of the scientific principles involved and takes all of his ramblings at face value.4 She breathlessly mentions how some of Tesla s work explains various paranormal activity which she seems to accept as fact, and at the end of the book implies that there s a huge conspiracy involving the US government to keep all of his later inventions, including his death ray , under wraps.If you re interested in learningabout Tesla, avoid this book it will just crush your curiosity


  2. Reed Reed says:

    I am a huge fan of Tesla Whenever someone cannot comprehend how visionaries like Galileo or Copernicus where tormented for being ahead of their time all one has to do is look at Tesla s life for an example as to how it can happen It wasn t until after his death that it was actually proved he was the true inventor of radio.Unfortunately, Cheney s unbridled love adoration for Telsa severely mars an otherwise well researched treatise I ve never read a biography where so many sentences begin wi I am a huge fan of Tesla Whenever someone cannot comprehend how visionaries like Galileo or Copernicus where tormented for being ahead of their time all one has to do is look at Tesla s life for an example as to how it can happen It wasn t until after his death that it was actually proved he was the true inventor of radio.Unfortunately, Cheney s unbridled love adoration for Telsa severely mars an otherwise well researched treatise I ve never read a biography where so many sentences begin with I think and It is obvious She doesn t know what Tesla thought felt anythan his other biographers And while history continues to find fault with Edison there is no reason to think him an idiot or an unworthy adversary for Tesla.People seem to forget that Tesla, to his dying day, did not believe in the power of the atom he was certain that nuclear power from atom smashing was pointless , that there was no such thing as curved space , and of course he thought that Einstein s Special Theory of Relativity was total hogwash Tesla was a bonafide genius but he was not infalible Throughout his later life he continued to make claims of completed experiments finished devices that simply never existed.I ll probably read Marc Seifer s book as it appears to be less biased


  3. Tim Tim says:

    I few years ago I bought a really excellent album by The Handsome Family called Last Days Of Wonder One of the best songs on the album, and the song for which the album was named, was about Nikola Tesla The song described Tesla s oddness, of course, but its true power came from the use of Tesla himself as a metaphor for the way that we used to think about science and scientists Of course I wasn t alive at the time, but from various sources I pick up the idea that, from the beginning of the I few years ago I bought a really excellent album by The Handsome Family called Last Days Of Wonder One of the best songs on the album, and the song for which the album was named, was about Nikola Tesla The song described Tesla s oddness, of course, but its true power came from the use of Tesla himself as a metaphor for the way that we used to think about science and scientists Of course I wasn t alive at the time, but from various sources I pick up the idea that, from the beginning of the scientific revolution up until around the time Tesla died, scientists and inventors were these extraordinary individuals who were somehow able to make sense out of the world s essential strangeness At the same time, their discoveries did not seem to destroy the wonder implicit in the strangeness itself.The song actually does a better job than I can of describing it, but as an example I would cite Newton s Principia Anyone who has read it can not come away with feeling two simultaneous impressions of awe One at the incredible motion of the planetary bodies which operate according to some unexplained magic in a very orderly dance The other at the mind of someone able to so elegantly unlock the secret direction of their movements.With all that in mind, I picked up this biography of Tesla I wanted to know if he was really like the song Ms Cheney has made an admirable effort to capture the very bizarre nature of Mr Tesla s life, as well as to capture the strange things, the wonderful things, that he did and that he claimed that he could do She also does not fail to point out many things that he did that no one, even today, understands.Those were the positive things about this book There were some negative aspects, none of which were Ms Cheney s fault Mr Tesla was a private man, a man given to grand pronouncements, and a man, apparently, with somewhat of a deficiency in follow through If he did not deserve all the skepticism with which some of his claims were meant, neither did he do enough to prove those who believed his claims correct.There is no doubt that he was something of a showman Nothing wrong with that But even after securing money for various projects, the things he claimed that he would be able to do never materialized Was it because his claims were false Was it because he could not stay focused on the one project he was trying to bring to fruition He demonstrated brilliance early on, then claimed brilliance throughout his life But how much should we believe It was frustrating to keep seeing this pattern in the book I think, however, that the portrait painted by Ms Cheney accurately portrays what Tesla was like To think about him is frustrating He is an absolute enigma I finished the book withquestions than I had before I started it The man is dead His papers have vanished The discoveries he made are still being used in the world The discoveries he claimed to have made, but never shared, would, if true, rock the foundations of what we call modern science But were any of them true No one knows The ghost of Tesla sits stroking his pigeons.To end with a line from the song He couldn t stand the touch of hair or of skinbut stroked feathers gently, on trembling wings


  4. Shayla Shayla says:

    After slogging through over 300 pages of this, I checked the weather forecast yesterday and found it was nice enough to ride my bike to work Good, I thought, I won t have to read that Tesla book on the streetcar this afternoon Upon thinking this, and realizing how little I was enjoying this book, I returned it to the library unfinished this morning.The author perhaps tries her best to provide a critical viewpoint of Tesla s life, but it comes acrossas a very long fan letter There ar After slogging through over 300 pages of this, I checked the weather forecast yesterday and found it was nice enough to ride my bike to work Good, I thought, I won t have to read that Tesla book on the streetcar this afternoon Upon thinking this, and realizing how little I was enjoying this book, I returned it to the library unfinished this morning.The author perhaps tries her best to provide a critical viewpoint of Tesla s life, but it comes acrossas a very long fan letter There are several phrases in the book gushing about pseudo science like acupuncture, perpetual motion machines, and so on which led me to question the veracity of most other statements It s not a fun way to read a book, being skeptical of every statement the author makes, sometimes forcing yourself to pretend you believe her just so you can get through the page.Besides some of the questionable claims though admittedly I did no independent research I just didn t care enough , the book is boring With chapter long reprinted conversations written or recalled between Tesla and his rich friends or frustrated investors, I felt like I had stepped into the middle of a dinner party I had no business being in, no interest in, and every desire to get out now.I honestly thought I would find Tesla fascinating, but he was just a smart man who invented a bunch of things and didn t know how to commercialize them or was struck by another idea and moved on before he could , and so spent much of his life feeling like the underdog whose ideas were stolen right out from under him


  5. David David says:

    A solid biography of Nikola Tesla Cheney s book filled in many details I didn t know about Tesla, such as how he lived much of his adult life in New York City hotel rooms and his friendship with the poet Robert Underwood Johnson and his wife Katharine Cheney also discusses Tesla s love of Serbian poetry I ve long been fascinated by his brief foray to Colorado Springs where he conducted large scale experiments he couldn t conduct in the city and she gives good information about that time perio A solid biography of Nikola Tesla Cheney s book filled in many details I didn t know about Tesla, such as how he lived much of his adult life in New York City hotel rooms and his friendship with the poet Robert Underwood Johnson and his wife Katharine Cheney also discusses Tesla s love of Serbian poetry I ve long been fascinated by his brief foray to Colorado Springs where he conducted large scale experiments he couldn t conduct in the city and she gives good information about that time period Overall, I found this a compelling and breezy read


  6. Marjorie Snook Marjorie Snook says:

    I think Tesla may be one of the most brilliant and unique minds that this country has ever seen I have been fascinated with Tesla ever since I heard about Tesla coils which are devices that make artificial lightening He is probably the greatest inventor of last century Edison was simply a technician and a businessman, but Tesla was a visionary who foresaw a new, electrified world He developed the system by which we generate most of our electricity, built the hydropower plant at Niagara Fal I think Tesla may be one of the most brilliant and unique minds that this country has ever seen I have been fascinated with Tesla ever since I heard about Tesla coils which are devices that make artificial lightening He is probably the greatest inventor of last century Edison was simply a technician and a businessman, but Tesla was a visionary who foresaw a new, electrified world He developed the system by which we generate most of our electricity, built the hydropower plant at Niagara Falls, invented radio and remote control, and may very well have split the atom at the turn of the century Mainstream science is STILL investigating some of his most prescient theories My only problem with this book is that I would have liked it to explain the science a bit better I am not an electrical engineer, and do not understand the the finer points of electricity The author breezes over very complicated concepts, and it was frustrating I really wanted to understand some of the things that Tesla was doing, and Cheney sometimes doesn t even give us the broad strokes I was also extremely annoyed when, for a few pages, she delved into some ridiculous Freudian theory to explain Tesla s obsessive compulsive disorder Given the flaws, though, it s still a very good biography, and the only one that is at all recent, so I would recommend it to anyone with the faintest interest in science, just because the subject is so mesmerizing


  7. Jean Jean says:

    While Nikola Tesla is an interesting man, this book did not live up to the man s genius First off, the writing is not very good, it feels very haphazard and lacking in forethought This sometimes reads like a list of accomplishments, Nikola Tesla did this, invented that, came up with this idea and so on Secondly, this biography totally glorifies the man without ever viewing him in a critical way or with a critical approach The main feeling I got from this book is that Tesla had a lot of ideas While Nikola Tesla is an interesting man, this book did not live up to the man s genius First off, the writing is not very good, it feels very haphazard and lacking in forethought This sometimes reads like a list of accomplishments, Nikola Tesla did this, invented that, came up with this idea and so on Secondly, this biography totally glorifies the man without ever viewing him in a critical way or with a critical approach The main feeling I got from this book is that Tesla had a lot of ideas, some good, some brilliant, some not all that great or interesting All those ideas were not experimented with, for lack of financing or impossibility to test them because the equipment available at the time was not sufficiently advanced And the book seems to read a lot into those non tested ideas In some cases Tesla just came up with peremptory statements and predictions, stating that he could do certain things without ever having proof that he could And from there the author goes on to say that something that was invented decades later was actually what Tesla had in mind all this time This is a bit like Nostradamus, be vague mysterious enough and your statements can be interpreted according to what the future happens to be


  8. Dana Dana says:

    An excellent biography of a visionary, eccentric man given to strange obsessions and scientific genius Well written, well researched, and well worth your time Briefly for flavor People speak of decades as if they form natural endings, when in fact they seldom end anything cleanly Human survivors are dragged into new slices of time with which they feel no harmony and in which they are exposed to rasping change So it was for Tesla in the Roaring Twenties p 275.


  9. Larry Cunningham Larry Cunningham says:

    Tesla was a misunderstood and eccentric genius who was far ahead of his time, and this book did an admirable job in portraying the man and his work It held my interest throughout highly recommended.


  10. Ed Coker Ed Coker says:

    Tesla was the only real Leonardo da Vinci of our age 1856 1943 His genius was in the field of electricity He was quirky, he was feared as a mad scientist an image that he developed and encouraged, he ended his years sitting on a park bench in Central Park covered with pigeons, but, in spite of all that, his incredible accomplishments were real and verifiable Many of his inventions have been credited to others in the popular mind and his chief rivals, such as Thomas Edison and Marconi, won Tesla was the only real Leonardo da Vinci of our age 1856 1943 His genius was in the field of electricity He was quirky, he was feared as a mad scientist an image that he developed and encouraged, he ended his years sitting on a park bench in Central Park covered with pigeons, but, in spite of all that, his incredible accomplishments were real and verifiable Many of his inventions have been credited to others in the popular mind and his chief rivals, such as Thomas Edison and Marconi, won the public relations battle But Tesla had a visual imagination for electricity unlike any other For, example, he invented the electric motor in his mind, set it to work for a few weeks in a corner of his mind to work out the kinks and then drew the final blueprint for the electric motor as we know it today on the first try Today the main item associated with his name is the Tesla Coil which remains primarily a toy for physics students and electrical engineers to demonstrate high voltage electricity, but do you realize that he developed and used a Tesla Coil that threw lightening bolts twenty miles across the Colorado prairie prior to 1900 and scared the hell out of the residents of Colorado Springs Considering that it takes 18,000 volts to jump a gap of one inch, he pumped out a lot of power He harnessed alternating current and developed the three phase electrical system The Supreme Court determined that he invented radio before Marconi but the decision was not rendered until the last year of his life Almost everything in the modern electronic world is dependent to some extent upon something that Tesla invented except for the incandescent light bulb which is properly credited to Edison.Everyone should read this biography to see how much he shaped the world as we know it today Some of the electronic devices Tesla invented and demonstrated have not been duplicated since In other areas, his mental talents raised issues that were bound to offend For example, he decided to determine whether humans had a soul or whether everything they did was the result of cause and effect To decide this, he recalled every incident in his life from an early age and concluded that every action he had taken was a reaction to a cause, i e., we are all meat machines Sorry about that I didn t mean to ruin it for you.Margaret Cheney did a great job You don t have to know a thing about electricity or physics to appreciate what Tesla accomplished