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The Resource Tesla : inventor of the electrical age, W. Bernard Carlson

Tesla : inventor of the electrical age, W. Bernard Carlson

Label
Tesla : inventor of the electrical age
Title
Tesla
Title remainder
inventor of the electrical age
Statement of responsibility
W. Bernard Carlson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America's first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society and dazzling the likes of Mark Twain with his electrical demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and gifted showman, he cultivated a public image of the eccentric genius. Even at the end of his life when he was living in poverty, Tesla still attracted reporters to his annual birthday interview, regaling them with claims that he had invented a particle-beam weapon capable of bringing down enemy aircraft. Plenty of biographies glamorize Tesla and his eccentricities, but until now none has carefully examined what, how, and why he invented. In this groundbreaking book, W. Bernard Carlson demystifies the legendary inventor, placing him within the cultural and technological context of his time, and focusing on his inventions themselves as well as the creation and maintenance of his celebrity. Drawing on original documents from Tesla's private and public life, Carlson shows how he was an "idealist" inventor who sought the perfect experimental realization of a great idea or principle, and who skillfully sold his inventions to the public through mythmaking and illusion. This major biography sheds new light on Tesla's visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his most important technological breakthroughs"--
Summary
Draws on original documents from Tesla's private and public life to place the engineer within the cultural and technological context of his time, focusing on his inventions as well as the creation and maintenance of his celebrity
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10187026
Cataloging source
DLC
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Carlson, W. Bernard
Dewey number
  • 621.3092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TK140.T4
LC item number
C37 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tesla, Nikola
  • Electrical engineers
  • Inventors
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
  • SCIENCE / Electricity
  • SCIENCE / Electromagnetism
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
inventor of the electrical age
Label
Tesla : inventor of the electrical age, W. Bernard Carlson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2012049608
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 500 pages
Isbn
9780691057767
Lccn
2012049608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Tesla : inventor of the electrical age, W. Bernard Carlson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2012049608
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 500 pages
Isbn
9780691057767
Lccn
2012049608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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