Tesla: Man Out of Time

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 2, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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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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Contents

A Gambling Man
24
Immigrants of Distinction
41
At the Court of Mr Edison
48
The War of the Currents Begins
60
Order of the Flaming Sword
75
Radio
88
High society
104
High Road Low Road
118
The Nobel Affair
252
Flying Stove
262
Radar
273
The Guest of Honor
282
Pigeons
290
Transitions
301
The Birthday Parties
307
Corks on Water
314

An Error of Judgment
129
To Mars
141
Robots
154
Hurler of Lightning
170
Blackout at Colorado Springs
180
Magnificent and Doomed
191
Ridiculed Condemned Combatted
218
The Great Radio Controversy
236
Midstream Perils
246
Cosmic Communion
324
Death and Transfiguration
331
The Missing Papers
343
The Legacy
358
Bibliographical Essay
370
Reference Notes
372
Postscript
392
Index
394
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About the author (2001)

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.

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