W. Bernard Carlson: "Tesla: Inventor Of The Electric Age"

Publicity photo of Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in December 1899. Tesla's notes identify the photo as a double exposure. Photo by Dickenson V. Alley of Century Magazines.  - (Wikimedia Commons)

Publicity photo of Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in December 1899. Tesla's notes identify the photo as a double exposure. Photo by Dickenson V. Alley of Century Magazines.

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W. Bernard Carlson: "Tesla: Inventor Of The Electric Age"

The inventions of Nikola Tesla at the turn of the 20th century set the stage for how we produce and use electricity today. A new biography examines his visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his technological breakthroughs.

Nikola Tesla played a powerful role in the electrical revolution that transformed life at the turn of the 20th century. Born to a Serbian family in Croatia, he studied engineering in Austria before immigrating to America in 1884. He arrived penniless in New York, and within a decade, rivaled Thomas Edison as a celebrity scientist. His inventions, patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and wireless communication. A new biography draws on original papers from Tesla’s private and public life to examine what, why and how he invented.

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W. Bernard Carlson

professor of science, technology, society and history at the University of Virginia; author of "Technology in World History" and "Innovation as a Social Process."

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Excerpted from "Tesla: Inventor Of The Electric Age" by W. Bernard Carlson. Copyright © 2013 by W. Bernard Carlson. Excerpted by permission of Princeton University Press. All rights reserved.

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