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Tesla, Master of Lightning

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  14 reviews

This is the story of a genius--the enigmatic Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)--and his vast contribution to science. Years in the making, this thoroughly researched volume presents important new materials: archival documents and photographs; excerpts from Tesla's writings, lectures, and diaries; selections from his correspondence (some previously unpublished). By placing Tesla's p

Hardcover, 184 pages
Published October 9th 1999 by Barnes & Noble Books (first published 1999)
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Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is one book with pictures that I am NOT ashamed to admit owning!

This is an excellent coffee table book as well as an enlightening read for the bookshelf. There are a lot of photographs and diagrams, but they truly enhance the experience. Think Davinci and the need for pictoral reference of his works.

Nikola Tesla was one of our largest scientific contributors in the past 150 years, and hardly anyone in America knows ANYTHING about him!!!

Tesla was surging ahead with AC electrical implementa
Glen Robinson
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Genius is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot, and most of the time we’re just talking about someone who is a tick or two smarter than the rest of us. But Tesla was the real deal. And reading this book helps you really understand how much of a genius he was. From the very beginning, he had a grasp on the nature of electricity that no one else alive had, or perhaps even anyone today. And because he could understand its nature, he could apply it in ways that people like Edison and Mar ...more
Jackson Scharf
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tesla, Master of Lighting was an incredible book that was filled with information that increased my knowledge of him as an inventor and as a person. The book was a complete biography of important inventions, events, problems, etc. This book includes everything one would need to know about Tesla and his life. The book was conveniently organized into sections that informed the reader of important parts of his life. This would be useful if someone would like to know about a certain aspect/invention ...more
Jason Matthews
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading in schools. Authors Margaret Cheney and Robert Uth created a masterpiece on the life of Nikola Tesla, in my opinion the greatest mind the world has ever known. From his youth in (what is now) Croatia until his final days in New York City, all of the important events, discoveries, letters, inventions and diagrams are included. The fantastic photographs alone are worth getting this book; they are plentiful throughout adding a tangible nature to things that happ ...more
Mar 21, 2008 rated it liked it
I love to read just anything about Nikola Tesla. What a strange and interesting genius of a man! This book gives you a glimpse into his personal and public life. He was one of those special people who changed the world as we knew it and yet he was always on the verge of madness and internal chaos. He had vivid and lively visions. One came when he was just a little boy in Croatia--a vision of Niagara Falls, with giant rotating turbines and lightning. He knew then that he needed to get to America ...more
Donald Walker
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating read. The man suffered from OCD, but was able to control his impulses and threw himself into his work as inventor. His "World- System" was ahead of his time. With a photographic memory, he could envision entire technical schematics within his own mind and all he needed was time to make them work. It is a shame he never got that opportunity to fully develop his 'flying machine' or 'World -system'. The internet as we know it today pales in comparison to what he truly envisio ...more
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Beautiful read, with plenty of photos and sidebars on the masterpieces created by the tall, dark and mysterious genius-- many of which have yet to be uncovered or understood to this day.
Avinash Surya Prakash
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty good account of what made the man tick...
Jim Razinha
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another of the books from the small stacks of books I've collected in the past year or two in antique shops or used book stores... except this isn't small! Nearly a coffee table sized book, it is arranged much like the Dorling Kindersly books with many many sidebar insets. The narrative is well composed chronologically, and rife with patent illustrations. I knew much already about Tesla, and this taught me more. Fascinating man, with a fascinating legacy. (And bad on Smithsonian for still giving ...more
Susan Morton
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read if you are looking for something to finish in a weekend. The illustrations, photographs, and other media are spaced out appropriately through the book.

Tesla is one of my favorite historical people to study. He envisioned the technology of today well before the world was ready to accept it. He had ideas on wireless communication and various uses for the electrical warehouse we call the universe. Unfortunately, resources were so expensive he required financial backing. I saw u
Alan McClain
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the fascinating story of the discoverer and developer of alternating electricity, without which we could not have our modern society. He invented and designed alternating (AC) electricity generators and motors and was one of the first to develop radio. Nikola Tesla is one of history's true geniuses, and this excellent, very well illustrated large-format book is a must read for all who like science and who follow the amazing achievements of history's savants -- the highest levels of geniu ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Like all things Tesla, I loved it!
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