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Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

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If you want to learn about one of history’s most fascinating minds and uncover some of his secrets of imagination—secrets that enabled him to invent machines light years ahead of his time and literally bring light to the world—then you want to read this book.

Imagination amplifies and colors every other element of genius, and unlocks our potential for understanding and abil
Kindle Edition, 47 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Oculus Publishers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are stubborn enough to find your adventure;
you have to be mulish enough to imagine that you can
accomplish something more than the normal folks;
you have to be persistent enough to keep on going through
the path of your dreams even when everyone calls you a fool;
you have to be pig-headed enough to deny the denial of others about you
and you have to be strong willed enough to carve out opportunities to fulfill your goals.
And to light you enough to have all this done, all you need is CURIO
Nov 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Worthless self-help drivel packaged up to look like a biography of a great scientist.

I could do a similar thing and write a "biography" of a historical politician by pasting How to Win Friends and Influence People on the pages within. To hide the fact I created a sham I might provide around 3 pages of biography scattered within; the first website I find on the internet would be the obvious source for such important historical information regarding the "subject" of my book. Yes... not only will
Troy Blackford
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book gets dinged for being a succinct biography of Tesla wrapped in a loaf of self-help tinged ruminations on 'genius.' But it is a quick read and an interesting one, regardless.

Nearly a third of the book goes by before mentioning Tesla, and the first twenty percent of it is essentially a summarization of thoughts from Malcolm Gladwell. The last fourteen percent of the book is information about the author's other books.

But the ruminations on genius aren't completely without merit. The probl
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, science
Exceptionally well book about Greatest Experimental Scientist of the World.
I've enjoyed the book thoroughly.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I agree with the reviewer who points out that this is not a full biography of Tesla, and I too thought that it would be when I started reading. That did not take away from my enjoyment of the book, though.

Nikola Tesla is a fascinating man, and his accomplishements were many (and often misattributed). This book provides an overview of Tesla and what he accomplished, as well as an in-depth analysis of why he didn't accomplish more. It goes one step further, which is to share with the readers just
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
After reading reviews on "Hillbilly Elegy" I thought of this book and wanted to re-read parts of it to make a review, to try to counteract the falsehoods displayed in the Elegy book.

Here are some quotes:

"There are millions of people that work incredibly hard yet have little success to show for it. Is ten thousand hours too simple of a prescription for greatness?

Yes, it overlooks another aspect of great achievement that cannot be ignored: opportunities-conditions that often appear to be plain old
Jul 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
What a waste of time!!

First of all, the author makes an introduction showing some "hints"about IQ and imagination. So what?

By following, he writes a very abridged report of Tesla's scientific accomplishments without making any kind of reference.

And then he claims that it was Tesla who discovered the X rays and not Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen!!! Perhaps the author never ever heard about the The Nobel Prize of Physics in 1901 which was awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
Nada Khaled
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
TESLA! What a great scientist are you !!

This book showed me how great was this man, and how he suffered to make something useful to the world, and how he was offended by the most two powerful men at that time (J.P Morgan, the richest financier at that time,, and Edison, that great scientist and the discoverer of the direct current) and how cruel and evil was Edison with him, because his ideas were much better than him and were going to make his discovery faint and then the "current war" took pla
Yousif Al Zeera
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
As mentioned in a lot of reviews, the first third of the book is nothing about Tesla but rather some nice discussion and summary on the 10,000 rule.

But I have to say that the Tesla part is good. I mean maybe not great but a very good way to be introduced to this incredible guy. I liked how the author mentioned the intricacies of Tesla's relationship with key people at the time (Thomas Edison and JP Morgan).

P.S. You may start hating Edison after reading this book.
Nick Kives
Dec 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Free ebook from Amazon that I have had laying around forever. It takes about 1/4 of the book before it even mentions Tesla. The stuff about Tesla is easily found anywhere else.
Marie Segares
This is a difficult book to rate. Essentially, it is a series of 3 short essays. The first essay explores the meaning and cause of genius, and ends by discussing Dr. Alfred Barrios's concept of a "genius code," and specifically, the characteristic of imagination. The second essay is a case study of Tesla, focused on his imagination. The third essay/conclusion touches upon creativity. Following this essay is a preview of Sean Patrick's other book, Awakening Your Inner Genius.

All three essays are
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful surprise! Sean Patrick has written a book here that everyone should read. You will be inspired. Read it and inspire your children. If you are a teacher, read it and inspire your students.

Admittedly, this book is more about what drives a genius and their imagination then it is a book about Tesla. If you want an in depth study of the life of Tesla, get another book. (You shouldn't expect any book to be in depth at just a little over 100 pages.)

Well done, Sean Patrick!
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Probably more 3.5. It is very much a self help book but I think it's good because it does make you feel like you can be a genius too if you unleash your imagination and creativity. I didn't know much about Tesla and if it was just a book solely on him, this book would have had a 4.5/5 from me because it gives a great insight into his life, his drive, his passion and his work. It is a very interesting and quick read. ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
To someone with non-scientific interest this short book should be a must read. It gives an easy-read of Tesla's life and achievements, of what he had to endure and proves the assumptions that money and power make men evil. If Tesla wouldn't have "fallen into the trap" of J.P Morgan so many times I believe the world would be a totally different place. It is also an inspirational read, so I do recommend. ...more
Amanda--A Scientist Reads
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Judging from the title, you would guess this short story is going to provide a succinct testament of the life of the brilliant and sometimes tragic Nikola Tesla, but you're unfortunately incorrect. The first 30% of this novel deals with sports metaphors, and general references to intelligence without any documentation for the claims made. The claims without substantiation continues through the entirety of this incredibly short work.

From there we are launched into a very brief overview of the li
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
A very short, quick read! Actually felt more like a college paper than a book. Not that the writing was bad, or that the material was fragmented. It was more from the standpoint of roughly the first one-third of the book was what I would term as "the introduction". I say that because it had virtually nothing to do with Tesla, and in fact had little to no reference of him.

The middle of the book, dealt with Tesla ... mostly just touching the high notes of his career. Occasionally, it would dip dow
Jul 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
The book should have been named 'The Life of Nikola Tesla in Two Minutes'. Only a third of this book is really about Tesla - the rest is about creativity and genius (blah!) Even the bit about Tesla reads like a list of his inventions and discoveries, failing to give much insight into the man's life. I would recommend skipping the book and reading the Wikipedia article on Tesla instead, which by the way is much more informative! ...more
Paul Ataua
Aug 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
It is kind of amazing that this ever into print. It is really short at 46 pages and really boils down to a very shallow piece on the life and work of Tesla sandwiched between an equally shallow introduction on the concept of genius and another shallow piece on creativity that finishes the book off. Nothing much to say. There are some interesting things though none are really explored in depth. Sad to say that its most positive attribute was its length.
Muthu Anand
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
A short read. The book talk about the power of imagination and how it differs from thinking and knowledge.

Moreover the book give a short splendid glimpse of Nikola tesla's, imagination power and his struggle in conquering them surrounded by greedy and envious human beings.


Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge,” because “knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and
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Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book about Nikola Tesla, (who is also my idol) I respect and love him even more.
On the other hand,the aversion to Edison only deepened.I am not a fan of manipulators.

This book is great,short but concise!

"There is something within me that might be illusion as it is often the case with young delighted people,but if I would be fortunate to achieve some of my ideals,it would be on the behalf of the whole humanity", Tesla wrote.
Sara Aouichi
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this is brilliante ^^
enjoyed every second of it and got me thinking
Sai Krishna Chaitanya
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksowned
It is a very small and nice book and it was the first book I read. It is very nice, it's motivating as well as have a good story line. It's a good, short and brief view of his life. ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book that inspires you and tells you about Tesla and his invention that could answer the energy crisis and climate change issues of present world.
The drawbacks for me were the lack of references and the advertisement of other books written by him.
A recommended read !!
Sep 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
I got this for free and I still want my money back.

First: The author clearly knows very little about the field Tesla worked in. As an electrical engineer, here are some "gems" that make me shake my head and laugh:

"Tesla then suspected the upper atmosphere ... could be used to transmit electrical power great distances due to thinner, more conductive air." [air doesn't conduct at all]

"Two decades earlier, James Clerk Maxwell had proven mathematically that light was electromagnetic radia
Adam Smith
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

What makes a genius? Is it talent? Is it luck? Is it something more?

Nikola Tesla was a man with vision. He saw the world and was driven to make it great. If not for misfortune and the rage of greedy men he could have changed the world in ways that can only be guessed at. His contributions to the twentieth century are only now being fully realised. This is the fascinating and heart wrenching story of his life.

This book was riveting. Nikola Tesla crafted so many amazing inventions, many of wh
Jitesh Sharma
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographies
“There is something within me that might be illusion as it is often the case with young delighted people, but if I would be fortunate to achieve some of my ideas, it would be on the behalf of the whole of humanity,”
I respect Tesla a lot, but this book doesn't justify the life and work of this great mind.
Actually near 60% of this book is self-help talk and quotations from all over the world. Though Tesla part was good but it was too short to discuss in detail the accomplishments and struggles he
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Although is a $0 short book, is not the book I was thinking on. I'd not recomend it.
This is merely a self-help book on biography disguise. The facts about Tesla are correct, but has no references, must I believe on it only because Mr. Patrick says so?

BTW, I think this "biography" is way better than this book:
Arunayan Sharma
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
General knowledge perspective, this book is good enough to know some scientific facts and scientists.
Anil Swarup
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A remarkable biography of a remarkable man. Here was a man who challenged Edison and got away with it though not without a lot of suffering. However, he never gave up or gave in. He had the imagination and, more importantly, the resilience and perseverance to translate his imagination into action.
Anantha Narayanan
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The book is more of motivational "subject" than revealing life of Nikola Tesla. Neverthless a good book to read for an hour or so. ...more
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