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In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists and inventors. Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was, without a doubt, a trailblazing inventor who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent. Tesla not only discovered the rotating magnetic field — the basis of most alternating-current machinery — but also introduced us to the fundamentals of robotics, computers, and missile science. Almost supernaturally gifted, unfailingly flamboyant and neurotic, Tesla was troubled by an array of compulsions and phobias and was fond of extravagant, visionary experimentations. He was also a popular man-about-town, admired by men as diverse as Mark Twain and George Westinghouse, and adored by scores of society beauties.

From Tesla's childhood in Yugoslavia to his death in New York in the 1940s, Cheney paints a compelling human portrait and chronicles a lifetime of discoveries that radically altered — and continue to alter — the world in which we live. Tesla: Man Out of Time is an in-depth look at the seminal accomplishments of a scientific wizard and a thoughtful examination of the obsessions and eccentricities of the man behind the science.

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"Well documented, sympathetic, and engaging." Publishers Weekly

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"Uncommonly colorful...absorbing." The Sunday Times (London)

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"A dramatic and poignant portrait." Discover

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"Excellent...a significant contribution to the recent history of science...informative and delightful to read." American Scientist

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"Cheney's excellent biography of one of the most idiosyncratic and truly enigmatic 'scientists' is both comprehensive and well written...very warmly recommended." Choice

Synopsis:

In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists and inventors. Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was, without a doubt, a trailblazing inventor who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent. Tesla not only discovered the rotating magnetic field — the basis of most alternating-current machinery — but also introduced us to the fundamentals of robotics, computers, and missile science. Almost supernaturally gifted, unfailingly flamboyant and neurotic, Tesla was troubled by an array of compulsions and phobias and was fond of extravagant, visionary experimentations. He was also a popular man-about-town, admired by men as diverse as Mark Twain and George Westinghouse, and adored by scores of society beauties.

From Tesla's childhood in Yugoslavia to his death in New York in the 1940s, Cheney paints a compelling human portrait and chronicles a lifetime of discoveries that radically altered — and continue to alter — the world in which we live. Tesla: Man Out of Time is an in-depth look at the seminal accomplishments of a scientific wizard and a thoughtful examination of the obsessions and eccentricities of the man behind the science.

About the Author

Margaret Cheney is a biographer of unusual versatility. In addition to her two major studies of Tesla (most recently Tesla: Master of Lightning, with Robert Uth), she has written Midnight at Mabel's, a biography of the great cabaret singer and song stylist Mabel Mercer. Cheney is also the author of Meanwhile Farm and Why: The Serial Killer in America. She lives in California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

  1. Modern Prometheus
  2. A Gambling Man
  3. Immigrants of Distinction
  4. At the Court of Mr. Edison
  5. The War of the Currents Begins
  6. Order of the Flaming Sword
  7. Radio
  8. High Society
  9. High Road, Low Road
  10. An Error of Judgment
  11. To Mars
  12. Robots
  13. Hurler of Lightning
  14. Blackout at Colorado Springs
  15. Magnificent and Doomed
  16. Ridiculed, Condemned, Combatted
  17. The Great Radio Controversy
  18. Midstream Perils
  19. The Nobel Affair
  20. Flying Stove
  21. Radar
  22. The Guest of Honor
  23. Pigeons
  24. Transitions
  25. The Birthday Parties
  26. Corks on Water
  27. Cosmic Communion
  28. Death and Transfiguration
  29. The Missing Papers
  30. The Legacy

Bibliographical Essay
Reference Notes
Postscript
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743215367
Author:
Cheney, Margaret
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Engineering - Electrical & Electronic
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Inventors
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Electric engineers
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Inventors -- United States.
Subject:
Tesla, Nikola
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
2136-2
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
insert
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.74 oz

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"Review" by , "Well documented, sympathetic, and engaging."
"Review" by , "Uncommonly colorful...absorbing."
"Review" by , "A dramatic and poignant portrait."
"Review" by , "Excellent...a significant contribution to the recent history of science...informative and delightful to read."
"Review" by , "Cheney's excellent biography of one of the most idiosyncratic and truly enigmatic 'scientists' is both comprehensive and well written...very warmly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , In Tesla: Man Out of Time, Margaret Cheney explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest scientists and inventors. Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was, without a doubt, a trailblazing inventor who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent. Tesla not only discovered the rotating magnetic field — the basis of most alternating-current machinery — but also introduced us to the fundamentals of robotics, computers, and missile science. Almost supernaturally gifted, unfailingly flamboyant and neurotic, Tesla was troubled by an array of compulsions and phobias and was fond of extravagant, visionary experimentations. He was also a popular man-about-town, admired by men as diverse as Mark Twain and George Westinghouse, and adored by scores of society beauties.

From Tesla's childhood in Yugoslavia to his death in New York in the 1940s, Cheney paints a compelling human portrait and chronicles a lifetime of discoveries that radically altered — and continue to alter — the world in which we live. Tesla: Man Out of Time is an in-depth look at the seminal accomplishments of a scientific wizard and a thoughtful examination of the obsessions and eccentricities of the man behind the science.

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