Tesla: Master of Lightning
This is the story of a genius -- the enigmatic Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and his vast contribution to science. Years in the making, this thoroughly ... Show synopsis This is the story of a genius -- the enigmatic Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and his vast contribution to science. Years in the making, this thoroughly researched volume presents important new materials: archival documents and photographs; excerpts from Tesla's writings, lectures, and diaries; selections from his correspondence (some previously unpublished). By placing Tesla's patents and inventions in historical context, the book documents how aspects of television, X-rays, satellite transmission, and advance defense systems such as the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) were foreshadowed in Tesla's work. Tesla: Master of Lightning illuminates the life and grand scientific achievements of this eccentric wizard, many of whose revolutionary ideas are still coming to fruition today. -- More than 250 black-and-white and duotone images create an invaluable visual record of the man and his times, vividly showcasing Tesla's inventions and working methods, and portray the high society and legendary figures who alternatively embraced and spurned him -- More than thirty informative sidebars help to explain the science and engineering underlying Tesla's vision -- hydroelectric power, electromagnetic induction, polyphase systems, and much more.