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My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

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This book is based on articles written by Tesla and published in the ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTER magazine, February-June and October, 1919 issues.
Tesla was born to Serbian parents in the village of Smiljan, Austrian Empire near the town of Gospić, in the territory of modern-day Croatia.
Tesla went on to study electrical engineering at the Austrian Polytechnic in Graz (1875).
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Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published November 28th 2013 by Ancient Wisdom Publications (first published October 1st 1982)
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Ash
Aug 18, 2013 Ash rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone - to know more about Tesla
Great book about one of the greatest inventors of all time. Sadly this book is "too" small and he just gives us a very brief glimpse of his inventions and ideas.
I did not know many things about him before reading this book like: Tesla was involved in wireless research, Marconi actually stole the Radio idea from Tesla. I always related Tesla with alternating current and did not know that he was into wireless as well.

I also liked that his main intention for inventing something was not to get appl
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Gabe
The man doesn't age! There are photos of him from about 18 to 66 and he looks the exact same! He could also design, build and test machines inside his head -- if a single part was out of balance he would know before he ever put it together. Plus he masters the forces of the universe, created wireless electricity and speaks to you in that crazed early 20th century mad professor talk.

Jessica
What a bizarre little book. Tesla has always seemed to me someone who existed in a space between our world and another unfathomable place, brought here by a glitch in dimensions or something. This loose memoir confirms my suspicions :). And not only because of passages like this: "I had a brother who was gifted to an extraordinary degree; one of those rare phenomena of mentality which biological investigation has failed to explain. His premature death left my earth parents disconsolate." No, it' ...more
Otis Chandler
Apr 09, 2007 Otis Chandler rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: engineers, inventors, artists
Read this on Graham's recommendation, and it was *fascinating* to hear it from the man himself. Tesla was famous for inventing alternating current (AC), which is used in every house and electric motor today. He was a famous scientist of his time, and supposedly there was some rift with him and Edison. It appears actually that Tesla sold his patents and the company that bought them sued everyone else, causing his name to be associated with the suits, even though he wasn't really involved. Tesla i ...more
Jerry Travis
Dec 09, 2009 Jerry Travis rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: history
This has been very, very interesting. A book written by an undisputed genius in his very own words.

I must say this book was a surprise. I was expecting lots of technical detail, but instead the book was filled with lots of interesting stories and insightful social comment. Some of the stories were even hilarious, causing me to laugh out loud a number of times.

The book also gives some insight into what it's like to be a genius, and some of the abilities such a person possesses. For instance, draw
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Amanda
I decided to flip through the pages of My Inventions after my dad enthusiastically described how engineers at McMaster university, following Tesla’s principles, had powered a fan using electricity that was transmitted wirelessly from one mini tower to another.

Lacking a technical background, I didn’t think the book would capture my interest; but I was hooked from the very first page. Not only does Tesla share some unique observations of the world and his mind, such as his self-preserving device a
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Tony
MY INVENTIONS: The Autobiography of Nicola Tesla. (1919; this ed. 1982). Nicola Tesla. ***.
Of the various accomplishments that Tesla could brag about, writing would certainly not be one of them. This “autobiography” is a collation of six articles that Tesla wrote for the magazine, “Electrical Experimenter” in 1919. He traces his life from his early days in Croatia, where he was born and raised, to his achievements in the world of electrical inventions. The things that he reveals in the early ch
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Matthewmartinmurray murray
This book was very well written. You get a pretty good idea of the curiosities of how Tesla was. He goes into interesting detail of how he invented things and his methodology concerning his creative process. He even describes with great detail how he first started training his imagination as a child and ended up visualizing things with remarkable accuracy. This book doesn't really go into equations and complicated engineering but is more about how Tesla came to be the timeless inventor of his ag ...more
Nadine
Really interesting to read about his life through his own eyes, although I got terribly lost in the last two chapters when he stopped talking about himself and more about his inventions. Indeed he said at one point "This was perfectly self-evident, but came as a revelation to some simple-minded wireless folks" which definitely made me feel stupid because I had no idea what he was talking about at this point. But, if you want an insight into a genius mind, or if you want to make yourself feel bet ...more
Jessi
I highly recommend this brief (58-page) text that gives an interesting perspective on Tesla's life. He discusses his odd sensory experiences in his childhood and youth, his inventions, and his political beliefs (on the upcoming war, the power of wireless communication for world peace, and the relationship between God and interracial relations). I am more impressed than ever with this man who was no doubt far before his time. I do not rate this five stars only because it is so short that it leave ...more
Audrey
Umm...I think I'm in LOVE with a dead guy! Seriously, Nikola Tesla is a pure genius and his intelligence far surpasses that of Einstein.

I wish he would have written a book earlier on and since this was written in his late sixties and is very short, readers are left wanting more. Among many other astounding inventions, including building an AC motor, he came up with the concept of wireless communication in the 1890's!!!

I was heartbroken when I read he died alone in a hotel room in poverty due t
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Yazeed
I read this book three times. Although its a bit disorganized and despite the fact that it is a very brief autobiography, it remains to be one of the best autobiographies I have read. I don't think anyone who reads Tesla's autobiography wouldn't be fascinated by him. His character, his genius, and most of all, his hard work that lead to many of the advancements we see today. Tesla was one of the visionaries of the 19th and 20th century, yet so many people never heard about him.
The 'book' is ver
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Wendell Jones
A fascinating read. I knew very little about Tesla except for the public facts that most know. He was possessed of an idetic memory, like several geniuses. He was prone to long bouts of illnesses early that came close to ending his life several times. In his youth his mind would project images into the space around him so he had difficulty distinguishing the projections from reality. He later could visualize so well that he had no need to build working models for his inventions. Things always wo ...more
Momo
This book presents Tesla as down to earth inventor motivated by the need of making energy free for all humans. He was driven by a sense of duty toward humanity, so once he got rich and famous he continued with his pursuits not even glancing at the glitter the world was shining at him. A true ascetic serving humanity and putting himself at the disposal of it.

There is a stark contrast between Nikola Tesla and Richard Feynman from the Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Char
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Joseph Saborio
It seems to me as if Tesla was a pretty funny guy, and a bit nutty. Reading his autobiography, I get the feeling that, at the turn of the century (19th-20th), some decisions were made (by whom?) regarding energy sources that have us where we are now, and that, if Tesla and certain others(?) had had more of a say, we would be living in a much different world. Maybe we would have arrived here (or at a semblance of it) even earlier (1950, throwing out a random year). Maybe I'm succumbing to paranoi ...more
Zac Stewart
A brief window into the mind of a genius. This is an awesome read if you ever feel worried about making your mark on the wold. He never mentions worrying about where the money will come from or trying to market his ideas, he just created tirelessly.
E.D.E. Bell
The book itself is hard to rate, as its a compilation of articles rather than a true autobiography, and so has an often unsatisfying flow. But the ability to read Nikola's own words is a true treasure. Hence my 5. This is an amazing read - a tremendous insight into one of the greatest minds of modern history.

It's quirky, short, and includes gems like a description of his campaign for a "World System" (including an accurate description of the web and GPS) in 1900. Amazing. It also includes some f
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Chuck
Although I live in Arizona, I am at heart still a Georgia boy....my father once described someone as "...crazy as a s---house rat..." That would be a accurate description of Tesla. This book is the embodiment of two things: 1. That there is a fine line between genius and crazy and sometimes they look and sound the same. 2. That autobiographies can be very self serving. Now the first half of the book was very interesting with vivid personal accounts of the young Tesla but the second half was dens ...more
Josh
A great insight to a true genius mind. The way his brain worked was clearly unique. It is sad that there are very few Nikola Teslas in the world.
Harsh
Amazing book. This book offers a glimpse into the mind of the great genius. It was delightful to read the many anecdotes that Tesla gave of his childhood and of his life. Tesla also revealed some truly spectacular things about himself in this book such as how he could memorize entire books with the utmost clarity and had extremely good visualization powers.

The most fascinating thing I discovered in this book was the fact that Tesla predicted so many of the war techniques used in WWII along with
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Gotaudio
It may seem odd to rate a little known, not especially well written small biography this highly, but I try to assign my ratings based on the impact the book had on me when I read it. I was not particularly a Nikolaphile 20 years ago when I first found the text of this on some Web (or was it Gopher?) site. What I was though, was a long time, diligent, and dedicated student of the philosophy/work of G. Gurdjieff and his followers.

It was in that mindset that I discovered in this manuscript, a man
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Emma
Nikola Tesla was really a true genius with an unusual mind that could visualize things in great details, a condition he considered troubling at first but later used to his advantage in his inventions. He parents and brother were also highly intelligent people, which might influence him to be so intelligent and creative even as a child. He was an extremely hard worker. As a student he worked from 3am in the morning until 11pm everyday, with no weekends and holidays. His professors even wrote lett ...more
Alicia
A good read, though somewhat short; this essay was penned for inclusion in an Engineering periodical.

However it presents a fascinating insight into this gifted inventor's process, based on habits and abilities learned overcoming handicaps when young. I feel as though I know something of the discipline (mental and physical) required to reach the great heights of achievement attained by Tesla. I also know the man better now: intensly driven, intelligent and unconcerned with social customs or socia
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Sam knowles
this autobiography of Nikola Tesla is a true remake of the original. as a piece originally made for the electrical examiner, this book will forever entomb the most profound convictions, livelihood, aspirations, problems and gifts of this great inventor.

As a man credited for being the pioneer of the worlds first wireless data transmission device, he has had some unusual beginnings. Having an unsettling case of OCD, hypersensitivity to certain chemical compounds and foods and many, many other hea
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Belli
If you have a golf ball of consciousness and you read a 1000 page book, you will have a golf ball of understanding. No matter how much information you collect, unless your consciousness is expanded you will never get it right. For some it may be hard to understand the logical side, for some it is the creative side. Know which your side is and focus on it. You will find the truth if you are present in the NOW
Ofhalfblood
I'm so glad Tesla wrote his thoughts down; his introspective ability is just phenomenal, and he chooses to remain so humble! Aside from this, Tesla was a really funny man; I found some of the stories hilarious like the one about the light-bulb and the one showing his determination to read every volume written by Voltaire, and other stories made me smile like his issue with the small-shaped cubes.

There was one part in the book which just left me in suspense, it was in the 'My Early Life' section:
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Robert
Reads like the ramblings of a grandpa telling his life story to an uninterested 8 year old child. The story jumps around a lot through subject matter as well as time. I have been and always be a huge fan of Tesla, but I figured there would be much more information about and at least a diagram or two of his works. It is also much too short in length.

Aside from all this, I still really liked it. It's like being inside his head for just a minute and while you can't fathom what is happening, you sti
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Don Weidinger
travel in mind as child then innovate in mind at 17, rapidly develop in mind for 20 years, images prompted by external impressions, dread of ministry, magnifying transmitter may yield most value, best results from healthy helpful competition, focused observation, one supernatural at Mother’s death, connected.
Abdullah Othman
I can't describe my feelings about reading this book. I was scared really and also amused in a strange way.
This author is no regular man. He invented and participated in a lot of daily and very useful appliances and devices. A very eloquent and exceptional man indeed.
Diocletian
Nikola Tesla was an interesting man. He is the epitome of the mad scientist- a genius, yes, but also somewhat crazy. This book is his "autobiography"; I say this with quotation marks because, as far as a traditional biography is concerned, this only loosely qualifies as one. Tesla really does not so much go through his personal life as he does his previous inventions and planned future ones. There are a lot of personal musings and anecdotes contained within the book, but as far as a biography c ...more
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