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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).
Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published November 28th 2013 by Ancient Wisdom Publications (first published October 1st 1982)
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May 12, 2016 Ash rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 13, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
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
Sep 18, 2015 Knjigoholičarka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografije, nauka, 2015
"Današnji znanstvenici misle duboko, a ne jasno. Potrebno je imati zdravu pamet da se misli jasno, ali moguće je misliti duboko i biti posve lud." (N. Tesla, 1934.)
Murat G.
Nov 05, 2015 Murat G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kağıt-basım
Tesla zamanının ötesinde bir insan. Bizim zamanımızın bile ötesinde bana kalırsa. 100 yıl önceki öngörülerinin anlaşılamaması da şaşırtıcı değil aslında.

Herkesçe malum dehası dışında benim açımdan Tesla'yı özel kılan; hayata bakışı, olayları değerlendirme tarzı ve doğası itibariyle muhteşem bir insan oluşu.Bu kitap da Tesla'nın icatları dışında yetiştiği ortam ve yaşam felsefesi hakkında da kendi kaleminden önemli anektodlar içermesi bakımından önemli.

Tesla'nın çok yönlü bir insan olduğunu bil
Jerry Travis
Dec 09, 2009 Jerry Travis rated it really liked it  ·  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
Otis Chandler
Apr 09, 2007 Otis Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 02, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2008 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Charlene Lewis- Estornell
I didn't think it was possible for me to love Tesla more than I already had. After reading his thoughts in his own words, I feel that, in some way, I know him now and certainly love him all the more for every page.

My favorite part of the book was Tesla's ranting about the wireless. Its potential was so clear to him. Freeing ourselves from wires, and harnessing the waves in the air around us, would not only lead to advances in technology that were at that time unimaginable, but for Tesla, wirele
Aug 27, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, biography
A few great essays and a quick read. The stories from his youth were laugh-out-loud funny. His relationships with his mother and father are touching and enlightening, and the first part of the book describes very charmingly and accessibly how to create a thoughtful, strong, productive character. The introduction by Ben Johnston very helpfully dispels some of the common mythology about Tesla with very specific information about how it was created.

"The pressure of occupation and the incessant str
Mar 02, 2012 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Dr. Akile
Aug 25, 2016 Dr. Akile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 yıldız. Ben bu kitabı bayağı sevdim. Sanki Nikola Tesla gerçekten karşıma oturmuş bana hayatını anlatıyor gibi, su akıcılığıyla okudum. Ve bu muazzam adama bir kere daha hayran oldum. Kesinlikle öneriyorum..
Apr 12, 2011 Yazeed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Happy Hedgehog
Jan 22, 2016 Happy Hedgehog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The entire book was great, filled with amusing stories, and strange ideas, but out of all of it this is my favorite part: "Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment and merging of races, and we are still far from this blissful realization, because few indeed, will admit the reality that God made man in His image in which case all earth men are alike. There is in fact but one race, of many colors. Christ is but one person, yet he is of all people, so why do some peop ...more
Keerthi Kiran
The book is not structured or edited to be a autobiographical in nature, it is a compilation of his articles. It gives a sneak peek into his amazing mind. History is a better chronicle of his inventions than this book. In this book, Tesla tries to explain the method to seemingly mad genius. It would have been interesting for Tesla to provide context in which these discoveries happened and the barriers of reality that he alludes to in the book. But to him that may have seem like a distraction fro ...more
Jen Garner
Jan 21, 2015 Jen Garner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This man was absolutely brilliant, obviously, but what I didn't know was that he was also pretty funny! I laughed quite a few times while reading this, only at a few very subtle lines of humor. I loved being able to see how he views his own life. I love that he cared NOTHING whatsoever about his fame or fortune, and only cared about the betterment of society. He did it all for US, the future. He handed over his patents without hesitation, although there is no mention of the business side in thes ...more
Wendell Jones
Dec 26, 2014 Wendell Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dina Strange
Jan 06, 2016 Dina Strange rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teach a man to fish, and you will feed him. Teach a man to read, and he will never know a day of boredom in his life. Make a man a workaholic genius, and he will invent.

The man foresaw the WWW.
Jun 29, 2011 Nadine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio, 2011-challenge
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
Chaitalee Ghosalkar
Seems more of a diary write-up than an autobiography. Leaves the reader wanting for more details.
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
Saurav Sharan
Oct 10, 2015 Saurav Sharan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For every curious creature on the planet, this is a must read. The author writes in simple and sharp language, taking us through his journey from a small Serbian village to the center of scientific/engineering hustle bustle. I was awestruck by his visions for the future. As an engineer, I feel we have not progressed an inch to the possible wonders of wireless electricity and sound propelled flying machines. There is so much to look forward to.
Sam Cameron
I enjoyed this, if I was smarter I would've enjoyed it even more
Luke C
Sep 18, 2016 Luke C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book review is for My Inventions; An Autobiography of Nikola Tesla. Nikola Tesla was an inventor back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was a genius, inventing AC (Alternating Current) generators, motors, transistors, etc.. He was also responsible for radio and other wireless transmissions (Marconi was NOT the father of radio; he stole a lot of inventions Tesla had already made). This book goes into Nikola Tesla’s life, and into what he believed in. It mostly talks about his early life ...more
Michael M.
Sep 04, 2016 Michael M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nikola Tesla's book is a very, rich content filled book. Let me give you a brief summary or run-down of the book! Dr. Tesla begins with his early life and tells us some things that he will be talking about later in the book. Throughout the book, Tesla does a very good job at keeping the reader, reading. He tells us some funny stories about his childhood and I am sure a few people could relate to it. Tesla also talks about his inventions, hence the title, and how he came to be such a brilliant ma ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Sata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brief yet very interesting biography written by the genius himself.

Even to this day Telsa is still ahead of his time. in this book he showed how can one grow up to be an inventor and how this type of mentality can serve as means of constant improvement and even survival. to my surprise the book had a lot of stories, incidents and events that happened to Telsa throughout his life that provided him (and the reader) with insightful lessons.

It started with his childhood, where he taught hi
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
Jun 04, 2016 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genius is not a word I particularly like, nor is it a concept I believe to truly exist. That said, Tesla was evidently a man in possession of qualities that many would label with this very word. The aetiology cannot be discerned from this book alone, but his account of his mental state is highly suggestive of neuropsychiatric aberrations that would likely meet the diagnostic criteria for several diseases today. His descriptions of his mental visions, with their fantastic clarity and complexity, ...more
But instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibbers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile.

It is difficult to appreciate what those strange phenomena meant at the time. We crave for new sensations, but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences.

But while I have not lost faith in its potentialities, my views have changed since. War can no
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Nikola Tesla was a genius polymath, inventor and a mechanical and electrical engineer. He is frequently cited as one of the most important contributors to the birth of commercial electricity, a man who "shed light over the face of Earth," and is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electricity and magnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla's patents an ...more
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