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Tesla's Wonderful World of Electricity

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The catalog of the exhibition Tesla's Wonderful World of Electricity which commemorated the 150th anniversary of Nikola Tesla's birth.
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Nikola Tesla: Memorandum Book On The Occasion of His 80th Birthday

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A collection of articles and letters related to Tesla and his 80th birthday. Articles in Serbian, French, German, Russian and English with several photographs.

Mad Like Tesla: Underdog Inventors and Their Relentless Pursuit of Clean Energy

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In the area of energy technology and systems, it's arguable that no one has been doubted, underestimated, or challenged more than Serbian-American engineer Nikola Tesla (1856–1943), and perhaps no innovator has proven so many people wrong over the past 100 years. His best-known invention was the alternating current (AC) induction motor, patented in 1888, which became crucial to the subsequent development of high-voltage AC power systems that could distribute electricity over long distances. Direct current (DC) systems of the day, by comparison, were limited because they produced electricity... continue reading »

The Patents of Nikola Tesla - Toward the Definite Catalog

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In contrast to the renowned Serbian scientists and Tesla's contemporaries Milutin Milanković and Mihajlo Pupin, who had typical scientific careers, and whose innovative opus was contained in their research papers and monographs, Tesla's most important achievements were his inventions, and their specifications and drawings were presented in his patents. However, even on the 150th anniversary of his birth, there is still no definite list of all of his patents. Although Tesla's life and work were the subject of many comprehensive researches, only a small number of them covered his patents... continue reading »

Crackpot or Genius?: A Complete Guide to the Uncommon Art of Inventing

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History books are full of interesting stories of famous inventions, but seldom is it mentioned that most of the great inventors died poor. In my teaching, consulting, and reading, as well as in connection with my own inventive efforts, I have become painfully aware of the overly optimistic and unrealistic views of inventing held by most laypeople and by beginner inventors. There are several reasons for these distortions of reality. Inventing is a glamorous-sounding activity that makes news. The news accounts all too often emphasize the glamour but speak little of the difficulties. Newspapers... continue reading »

Nikola Tesla's Teleforce and Telegeodynamics Proposals

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This book contains the original texts of two unique proposals that Nikola Tesla offered up during his later years. In both cases, the technologies described trace their roots back to an earlier and tremendously productive decade in Tesla's life beginning in the early 1890s. At the time of the proposals' unveiling, “teleforce,” the particle beam concept, and “telegeodynamics,” the mechanical earth-resonance concept, received significant press coverage. The teleforce death-beam weapon was first divulged on Tesla's 78th birthday, July 10, 1934 in the New York Sun . With this machine, he claimed... continue reading »

Marconi and Tesla: Pioneers of Radio Communication (Inventors Who Changed the World)

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Marconi and Tesla worked separately to devise wireless radio technology that would reach around the world. Author Tim O'Shei vividly tells the stories of these two very different men. Their inventions included wireless communication equipment (including Marconi's equipment on the Titanic that was used to alert another ship to the disaster), the Tesla coil (transformer) used in today's radios and television sets, and more. Marconi and Tesla: Pioneers of Radio Communication introduces young readers (recommended for ages 10-14) to the inventors of wireless communication through an examination of... continue reading »

Reminiscences of a Birdman

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Known only as America's first Air Mail Pilot, there is much more to the story of Earle Lewis Ovington that can be learned today from a study of his life. Earle Ovington exemplified all that was right with America—true sportsmanship, common sense, fairness, perseverance, achievement, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and personal responsibility—character traits sadly lacking in much of America today. In a multifaceted career that spanned a mere fifty-seven years, he achieved a truly amazing number of accomplishments. From the wind-swept streets of Chicago, to the hurried pace of New York City... continue reading »

High-Frequency Currents

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In all ages of which we have any authentic knowledge, and among all races, there have existed Philosophers, Investigators or Students of the Occult, who have in divers forms, and many languages, repeatedly averred that the Universe - both visible and invisible - exemplified varied expressions of a single principle — Vibration. During the last two centuries we have abandoned the theoretical and hypothetical science of the Ancients, and have gradually built up a coherent fabric by logical deductions from actual study of the facts and phenomena of the objective world. Up to a few decades ago,... continue reading »

Executioner's Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair

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In this amazing story of high stakes competition between two titans, Richard Moran shows how the electric chair primarily developed not our of the desire to be more humane but through an effort by one nineteenth-century electric company to discredit the other. In 1882, Thomas Edison ushered in the “age of electricity” when he illuminated Manhattan's financial district with his direct current (DC) system. Four years later, George Westinghouse lit up Buffalo with his more efficient alternating current (AC). The two men quickly became locked in a bitter rivalry to control the electrical power... continue reading »