Seventy years after his death, Nikola Tesla has become a rock star. Lightning Strikes examines his complete life and legacy, including Tesla’s profound influence on everything from systems integration to drone warfare. Engineers, entrepreneurs, and academics will find it invaluable not only for the never-before-published interviews and archives, but also for the creative principles that visionaries like Larry Page and Elon Musk have used to build iconic brands and groundbreaking inventions. The book also reveals why the government and business leaders wanted to shut down Tesla’s bold experiments, and how hundreds of his ideas are now being implemented globally—including clean power, robotics, alternating current motors, and wireless transmission of power and information. As a bonus, a free augmented reality app from Yetzer Studio allows you to scan beautiful full-color illustrations in the book, unlocking an interactive 3D animation as well as videos honoring Tesla's life and legacy.
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About the Author
John Wasik—author of 15 books and more than 1,000 columns, blogs, and articles for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters, Forbes, and Bloomberg News—has been researching Tesla for more than a decade. He’s filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests and reviewed thousands of pages of Tesla’s letters and files, many of which disappeared when he died in 1943. He has also consulted with Tesla experts worldwide and explored the vast resources of the Edison, JP Morgan, Westinghouse, and FBI archives. Wasik lives in Grayslake, IL, and speaks widely around the world.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Tesla Still Electrifies Us 1
I Hoover's Stakeout: An Iconic Inventor Dies 9
Teslaction #1 Be Introspective 26
II Catching Fire: Tesla's Creative Inheritance 29
Teslaction #2 Be Unrelentingly Curious 46
III Flashes of Light: The Psychology of Tesla 49
Teslaction #3 Practice Visualization 66
IV From Prague to Pittsburgh: The Roving Electrician 69
Teslaction #4 Be Indispensable 92
V The Wizard of Electricity: Tesla's lightning Show 95
Teslaction #5 Sell Your Ideas 116
VI Power from the Earth and Sky: Tesla's Wireless World System 119
Teslaction #6 Zoom Out 138
VII Weathering the Storm: The Fall of Wardenclyffe 141
Teslaction #7 Be Resilient 156
VIII Man for All Seasons: Adapting to a New, Turbulent Century 159
Teslaction #8 Reposition Yourself 184
IX A Detective Story: Searching for the Elusive Death Ray 187
Teslaction #9 Be Empathic 208
X The Once and Future Tesla: The Wizards Twenty-First-Century Legacy 211
Teslaction #10 Be Chimeric 236
References & Abbreviations 245
Bibliographic Essay 249
Image Credits 267
About the Author 276
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I admit ignorance in the face of knowing what Tesla's actual accomplishments are compared to what Edison took credit for. Fortunately this book exists, which remedied that in a day or two-the time it took to read it. I got to know not only Tesla The Figure but also Tesla the Man. It was a complete guide to knowing what Tesla's enormous dreams are (like transmitting not only information but power WORLDWIDE wirelessly) and how he got so close to accomplishing them all. In some cases he actually did get there! For example, his AC motor is one of the most well-known and useful leaps in technology Tesla ever produced. Also fun fact: Tesla's grand experiments and dreams of grandeur inspired H.G. Wells to write "War of the Worlds", and as an English Major I just think that's fantastic.
This book is a true testament to the genius of Nikola Tesla.