One among science's nice unsung heroes, Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) used to be a prophet of the digital age. His learn laid a lot of the foundation for contemporary electric and conversation structures, and his outstanding accomplishments comprise improvement of the alternating-current electric method, radio, the Tesla coil transformer, instant transmission, and fluorescent lights. but his identify and paintings are just dimly famous this present day: Tesla's learn used to be so groundbreaking that a lot of his contemporaries didn't are aware of it, and different scientists are unjustly credited for his innovations.
The visionary scientist speaks for himself during this quantity, initially released in 1919 as a six-part sequence in Electrical Experimenter journal. Tesla recounts his boyhood in Croatia, his education and paintings in Europe, his collaboration with Thomas Edison, and his next learn. This variation contains the essay "The challenge of accelerating Human strength: With unique connection with the Harnessing of the Sun's Energy," which anticipates latter-day advances in environmental expertise. Written with wit and élan, this memoir deals interesting insights into one of many nice minds of recent technological know-how.
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