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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 ability.

It’s no coincidence that geniuses not only dare to dream of the impossible for their work, but do the same for their lives. They’re audacious enough to think that they’re not just ordinary players.

Few stories better illustrate this better than the life of the father of the modern world, a man of legendary imaginative power and wonder: Nikola Tesla.

In this book, you’ll be taken on a whirlwind journey through Tesla’s life and work, and not only learn about the successes and mistakes of one of history’s greatest inventors, but also how to look at the world in a different, more imaginative way.

Read this book now and learn lessons from Nikola Tesla on why imagination is so vital to awakening your inner genius, and insights into the real “secret” to creativity, as explained by people like Jobs, Picasso, Dali, and Twain.

47 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 1, 2013

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Sean Patrick

32 books129 followers

I'm Sean, and I believe that people have far more potential than they give themselves credit for. I believe that everyone can find their calling, achieve success and happiness, and feel in control of their fate.

Through my writing, I hope to educate and inspire, to convince people to look at themselves and the world a little differently, and to be able to use these insights to improve not only their lives, but the lives of everyone they touch as well.

If that floats your boat, I think you'll like my work, and I hope you find it helpful.


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Profile Image for Ana.
60 reviews290 followers
December 1, 2018
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 CURIOSITY.
Dare to be curious enough to make your temporary stay on this planet permanent.
A good inspirational book!
Profile Image for Kyle.
121 reviews202 followers
December 7, 2013
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 this be a valuable use of my time, I will have the vaunted title of 'author.' I could even do it over and over again in order to claim I have "published numerous books!" I'm such a genius, I should even think about writing a book about myself one day!
Profile Image for Troy Blackford.
Author 23 books2,500 followers
January 2, 2014
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 problem comes from the fact that the title and cover of the book lead one to think this is a book solely about Tesla.

For the large middle section, however, it is. A longer, more focused book would undoubtedly have more information. After reading this, and learning about Tesla, I am now certain I want to read a book like that. But I appreciate this book for teaching me a lot I didn't know about the man, and above all for making me want to read a longer book about him.

Sure, I could have learned more from a longer book that stuck to the topic of the man's life and accomplishments better than this book did. But until I read this quick and informative - if initially wandering - book, I did not realize that I wanted to read about Tesla in such depth. So for that realization, and the fascinating facts revealed, I am not as against this book as some of the other readers are.

I understand their feelings of being misled, but for me, I am just glad to have the door to this man's life and inventions opened a crack. Now I know I want to go in.
Profile Image for Tania.
1,292 reviews29 followers
September 13, 2013
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 how men of Tesla's greatness can fail to reach their full potential, using him as the case study for this main point.

The e-book is well-formatted and easy to read, the material is interesting, and it is short and to the point. It may not tell you the whole story of Tesla, but the story that it does tell sheds a lot of light on his backstory and the outcome of his life. Those striving for greatness can take quite a bit away from the points that are made throughout this book.
Profile Image for Laura.
6,869 reviews556 followers
July 6, 2014
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!!!

The Nobel Prize in Physics 1901 was awarded to Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen "in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered by the discovery of the remarkable rays subsequently named after him".

By saying this, the author underestimates the reader's general knowledge in this matter which is not my case since I am a physicist.

Dear author, please do some research work before you start to write such amount of non sense!!

Even if I haven't read the book, Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney which is quite often referred on Tesla's life. I will certainly read it now.

In addition, there is his autobiography also, My Inventions that must be check it out.
Profile Image for Jessaka.
887 reviews120 followers
December 14, 2017
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 dumb luck."

"Being in the right place (physical, educational, societal, or otherwise) at the right time can influence our destinies as much as anything else."

"Why do some people rise to greatness whereas some people don't? Factors outside of the geniuses' control. Things like lineage, birthright, geography, genetics, education, familiar ties, upbringing, and unexpected windfall."
Profile Image for Nada Khaled.
322 reviews327 followers
July 22, 2015
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 place!.. I don't know why I've never heard of the name of such an imaginary man except as a unit, on contrary with Edison whom no one knows his name though Tesla has much more discoveries, and for the discovery which is in common "The Current", that of Tesla's is much greater !!

This man has so many achievement, I'll mention what I remember now:

1.Alternating current system
2.Tesla's Coil
3.Rotating Magnetic Field
4.Electric (AC) motors
5.X-ray & its usage (Not Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen)
6.Radio (Not Marconi)
7.Remote Control
9.Wireless communications
10.Limitless free energy
11.Fluorescent lamps

I think the name and achievements of such a great scientist should fill our school books!
Profile Image for Yousif Al Zeera.
236 reviews80 followers
December 24, 2016
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.
Profile Image for Lakshmi ☾.
46 reviews8 followers
April 29, 2022
"𝗔 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘆𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝘁𝘆𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗯𝘆𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲, 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗲; 𝘀𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲, 𝘀𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗯𝗹𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘅 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. - 𝗧𝗲𝘀𝗹𝗮

So exceptionally well written.
Profile Image for Nick Kives.
226 reviews11 followers
December 20, 2013
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.
Profile Image for Marie Segares.
Author 3 books12 followers
May 11, 2013
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 well written, compelling, and informative. But... the title of the book (and the cover) suggests that this is a biography of Tesla. While the second essay does share a chronology of Tesla's work and his inventions, it is quite brief. This book feels like a trailer for another book of Patrick's, and as a result, there's a certain disappointment I had as a reader. If the title was Genius, Imagination, and Creativity: A Case Study of Tesla, I would have really enjoyed it. In a sense, Patrick sets up his readers to expect a completely different book, and inevitably, that leads to distress.

If you're interested in a series of short essays on genius and creativity, this is a great place to start. If you're looking for a full biography of Tesla, look elsewhere.

Profile Image for Eric.
257 reviews1 follower
June 9, 2013
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!
Profile Image for Kelly.
251 reviews32 followers
July 25, 2016
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.
February 13, 2023
I'm sure you can find a better piece (AKA a whole book) about Tesla, but for what this is, it's a quick guide to his life, and not a bad read. The set up and ending with all the inspirational stuff goes on way too long, but you could do worst. I definitely learned stuff about this interesting man.
Profile Image for Iva.
257 reviews46 followers
March 8, 2018
Nikola Tesla was born in my country Croatia so I wanted to know more about his life, that's why I started reading this book, I thought it was a biography and the parts about his life were interesting (hence the 3 stars), as for the rest it didn't impress me much.

Da se razumijemo ovo nije biografija nego je "self help nesto maskirano u biografiju", a ja sam bila lakovjerna pa sam nasjela na Amazonu i skinula si na Kindle jer se reklamira kao Teslina biografija i jos je k tome besplatno pa me zanimalo sto "neki tamo Amer" ima za reci o nasem Tesli. Prvi dio knjige jesu crtice iz Teslina zivota i zanimljivo je i sve super dok drugi dio knjige autor nas uci kako da postanemo genijalni i tu autor prilicno americki tupi uz pomoc citata drugih poznatih ljudi, a da nista novo ne kaze osim treba puno radit i zadnjih 10 str reklamira svoje knjige. Eto ako Vam se cita na Amazonu je i dalje besplatna. Ako nista pozeljela sam procitati neku pravu knjigu ove tematike pa su prijedlozi dobrodosli.

Profile Image for Paul Ataua.
1,340 reviews123 followers
August 5, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Vali Benson.
Author 1 book54 followers
April 13, 2023
A riveting portrait of a wonderfully complex genius. The insights are striking and will be a welcome revelation to those not familiar with the savant that is Nikola Tesla.
Profile Image for Vaibhav.
14 reviews9 followers
January 2, 2022
- About Nikola Tesla
Nikola Teslas contribution to humanity is legendary. His unwavering endeavour to discover scientific breakthroughs purely out of imagination & exuberance makes him one of the greatest inventors of all time.

Tesla never chased recognition or wealth. With more than 800 crucial patents that empower todays technologies, he could have been a worlds first Billionaire. On the other hand, he died penniless. This is what makes his story more enthralling.

“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 of humanity,”
-Nikola Tesla

- About the Book

Insightful and Concise.

The premise focuses on what makes a true genius. Spoiler:- It’s not your IQ or your school grades.

Further the author discusses key elements about the worlds greatest geniuses after which he makes his segway to Nikola Tesla.

The way information has been compiled on Nikola is enlightening! Occasionally the author tends to reinforce and validate views and story of Nikola with quotes of other well know personalities. This gives the story a hint of dramatic effect. Especially the infamous feud between Edison and Tesla.

The author concludes the book by connecting the premise to the main body of the book and thereby highlighting the secret to creativity.

Verdict -

The book is a good source of motivation. It is a reminder that imagination is the fuel for creativity. To join the dots, you need to accumulate sufficient experiences in varied or specialised fields. Further, thinking is the true enemy of creativity as it limits you in systematic order.

“Creativity through imagination has no discipline.”
- Vaibhav Bhandarkar

Wouldn’t mind revisiting this book every once in a while!!

4.9/5 ✨

“Our first endeavors are purely instinctive prompting of an imagination vivid and undisciplined.
As we grow older reason asserts itself and we become more and more systematic and designing. But those early impulses, though not immediately productive, are of the greatest moment and may shape our very destinies.” - Nikola Tesla
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Liis.
569 reviews107 followers
January 31, 2016
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.
Profile Image for Abhishek Chandorkar.
27 reviews1 follower
March 31, 2022
I call this as Bookbait, the book version of Clickbait.

When I saw the title, it looks as if it is about Nikola Tesla, his life, creativity, ideas and innovations.
How wrong I was!

Firstly the book is very short. Secondly, the first mention of Tesla appears somewhere around the 30% mark(thank you Kindle). Then, within a reading time of 15-20 minutes, Tesla goes from being a kid to the end of his life. At best, this book is a very high overview of what Tesla contributed to science.

I'm disappointed, I admire Tesla's genius and innovations, but this book captivated me for about 3 minutes only. The rest of the book is just general statements about innovation and creativity.

To other readers, I would advise to skip this book.
Profile Image for Amanda--A Scientist Reads.
40 reviews83 followers
November 23, 2016
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 life of Tesla--starting as he arrives in the US. We flash forward quickly to his death, with no indication of the mental issues he suffered, nor the pigeon with laser eyes (a rather famous statement, and image associated with his later life).

Worse yet, Tesla is completely flat in this abbreviated version of his life, with very little indication on who he was as a person, other than the loyalty and sometimes naivety he showed others. The story of Tesla ends at the 80% mark in the book, and is followed with more general statements (another 10%) and ads and requests for reviews (the remaining 10%).

The only reason this is two stars instead of one was, after much reflection, I decided if you were not a Tesla fan, it's a very brief, general introduction to a great man. While part of me would like to condemn it as a high school book report summarizing selections from Wikipedia, it is one of the few stories I've seen on a life that really should be more commonly recognized as a leader in innovation and discovery.

I very rarely write this kind of review, but the disappointment is still fresh, and when so many of the restricted number of pages were spent requesting reviews and self-promoting, I feel the need to oblige.
Profile Image for Doug.
86 reviews4 followers
July 19, 2013
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 down to review a motive or reasoning ... but mostly you saw the peaks with a few valleys. While it would be impossible to have a meaningful examination of the man, his methods or his philosophy in such a brief book, it would have been nice to have had a little more meat (so to speak).

The thing that I found interesting(if that is the right word) was that the book was really not about Tesla so much as it was about the qualities or traits that he had that made him the way he was and therefore so great. This book could have easily been written using Edison, Bell, Ford or any one of a thousand different captains of industry.

With that being the case, why not market it for what it is and title it differently? As it stands, I thought I was getting a historical read about the inventor and his life. What I ended up with was a high note overview, that the author attempted to tie back to the real subject-matter of his book.

While the read would have been fine as a "self-help" type of book ... it was not the historical read that I was wanting or expecting ... so it left me a little off.
Profile Image for Quỳnh Ngọc Quỳnh.
124 reviews109 followers
March 14, 2017
Sách mỏng mà truyền cảm hứng vô tận!

bị ấn tượng ngay từ những dòng đầu bởi câu hỏi mà tác giả đặt ra về mối liên hệ giữa IQ với thành công và rất nhiều thực tế được dẫn ra.
đoạn kết là sự tiếp nối truyền cảm hứng từ phần đầu của tác. mô tả ngắn gọn cách để bạn đạt được sức sáng tạo vô biên và điên rồi như Tesla!
thực tế, sự nghiệp của Tesla trong cuốn sách được miêu tả ngắn gọn và khá khái quát ( ko chuyên sâu về diễn giải khoa học) vì thế nó chỉ thỏa mãn những người đọc thường thức khiến thức chứ ko phải những ng có chuyên môn. cũng ko đề cập nhiều đến đời tư hay cảm nghĩ của Tesla.
cuốn sách về mặt kiến thức thì ko đặc sắc, giống như những gạch đầu dòng theo mốc thời gian về phát hiện của Tesla kèm một chút giải thích khái quát.
Cá nhân mình rất thích cuốn này nhưng để gợi ý cho ng khác thì mình chỉ đánh giá 3 sao thôi ạ ^^
Profile Image for Megha.
41 reviews1 follower
August 2, 2016
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!
Profile Image for Muthuanand .
82 reviews22 followers
June 18, 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 understand.”

This brings us back to the beginning of the genius code: curiosity. It’s an essential part of becoming more creative. Expand your interests in life. Seek out new, interesting experiences, no matter how mundane or inconsequential they might seem to others. Read books, watch documentaries, and discuss your ideas with others. No subject, no matter how specialized or esoteric, is off limits. You never know where your imagination will find pieces for its puzzles.
Profile Image for Sreehitha.
177 reviews
May 15, 2021
I did not know much about Nikola Tesla before..
So i was confused whether to read his autobiography and chosed this short essay about him...
I am astonished...
This man selflessly gave away his whole life to science and did not get anything in return...
He contributed 50+ years to science to only be called as a mad man....
Edison is such a sucker...

A new respect for scientists, inventors (not edison i hate him) and Tesla has been formed in my mind

I gave it 4 stars because the first eassay or 1/3 rd of the book is not about tesla.... But yeah it was pretty great
Profile Image for Max Nemtsov.
Author 172 books473 followers
December 6, 2021
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