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Nikola Tesla was an extraordinary visionary: He invented polyphase alternating current;
he won a patent fight against Marconi and was declared the inventor of radio.
He registered over 700 patents in his lifetime – and some of his inventions
from a hundred years ago are just now beginning to be understood and tested.

        Born at exactly midnight, between 9 and 10 July 1856, in what is now Croatia, Nikola Tesla soon displayed his brilliance by learning English, French, German, & Italian as well as his native Serbian. His childhood dream was to harness the energy of America's Niagara Falls. He studied at Karlstadt in Croatia, at Graz in Austria and, unofficially, at the University of Prague. He was tall and intense, eventually growing to stand 6 feet & 6 inches tall. Ill with cholera at age 17, 'Niko' convinced his father to allow him to switch from mathematics & physics to the study of mechanical & electrical engineering.

        After leaving school in 1881, he took a job with the new telephone company in Budapest as an electrical engineer, where he solved certain problems of rotating magnetic fields in relation to induction motors. While working at Continental Edison, he built a working induction motor on his own, but found no one in Europe who was interested in promoting the device. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1884, at age 28, and accepted an offer to work for Thomas Alva Edison. He worked improving dynamos at Edison's lab/factory in New Jersey, eventually resigning over Edison's refusal to pay as promised. He eventually found backers for his design for an electric arc lamp; the backers made money, Tesla made none. Then Western Union's A.K. Brown invested in Tesla's AC power concepts, comprising seven patents.

        Tesla delivered his classic paper, "A New System of Alternating Current Motors and Transformers" before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1888, attracting the attention of George Westinghouse, Jr. [1846-1914], who bought Tesla's 40 extant AC patents. A 'War of The Currents' erupted over the competing technologies of direct current [Edison's inefficient system] versus alternating polyphase current [Tesla's brilliant superior system]. The 'Tesla coil' was patented in 1891, the same year that Tesla became a U.S. citizen. He lectured on the principles of 'wireless telegraphy' [broadcast radio] at the Franklin Institute in February 1893. Westinghouse arranged a commission to construct the 'City of Light', a display of AC technology at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago in May 1893, which was a ripping success. Westinghouse also engineered a deal for Tesla to design the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1895, with the ceremonial switch being thrown 16 November 1896. This was the final victory for AC current: it soon became the worldwide standard.

        Though the destruction by fire of his laboratory on Fifth Avenue in New York City in March 1895 was a devastating setback, Tesla eventually continued his experiments at a laboratory on Grand Street, and later on Houston Street. His other discoveries and improvements encompassed fluorescent & neon lighting, wireless communications, wireless remote control devices & robotics [he used the term 'teleautomatons'], the laser beam, radar, a bladeless turbine, and vertical take-off aircraft. Though he published X-ray photographs before Roentgen, he never attempted to claim priority in the invention of the X-ray tube. He built his first working radio transmitter & receiver devices in 1896, five years before Marconi. In all he registered over 700 patents in his lifetime. One discovery became a lifelong obsession: wireless transmission of electrical energy.

        In 1899, Tesla built a laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado, partly funded by John Jacob Astor, for experimentation in high voltage & high frequency electricity and other phenomena. There he made what he considered to be his most significant discovery: terrestrial stationary waves, which allowed him to further his experimentation in transmitting electrical energy over long distances. In one experiment, he lit 200 bulbs from a distance of 25 miles [40km]; in another, he shorted out the power plant of the city of Colorado Springs. His nine-month stay in Colorado is documented in the book "Colorado Springs Notes, 1899-1900".

        Financier J. Pierpont Morgan's attempt to corner the electrical power supply in the U.S. threatened Westinghouse Electric & General Electric. Tesla tore up his lucrative royalty contract, saving the day, but Tesla was ever afterward unable to find adequate financing for his work. Marconi received backing from Thomas Edison and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and by 1901 had improved his radio system and was able to transmit a radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean. But he used a Tesla oscillator and other hardware based on 17 of Tesla's patents. The U.S. Patent Office reversed itself in 1904, awarding Marconi priority for patents on broadcast radio (most likely under pressure from Edison and his cronies). Tesla was infuriated when Marconi won a shared Nobel Prize in 1909; he filed suit for infringement against Marconi in 1915, but had little means to pursue the litigation properly. Finally, basing their decision on Tesla's lectures of 1893, which were widely published in translation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Tesla as 'the father of radio' – in 1943, only a few months after Tesla's death.

        Upon securing financial support from J.P. Morgan, Tesla began to construct the Wardenclyffe laboratory and 'magnifying transmission tower' on Long Island. When Morgan realized that Tesla intended to provide free electrical power to the world, he withdrew funding; Marconi's success in 1901 caused further doubt. A stock market crash doubled the price of materials, and work on the project was halted in 1905, and the site finally abandoned in 1912. The tower was demolished for scrap in 1917; the laboratory has been restored.

        Nikola Tesla described the cellular telephone in 1926: "When wireless is perfectly applied, the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but thru television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles, and the instruments thru which we shall be able to do all of this will fit in our vest pockets."

        Another Tesla story: In 1931, Nikola Tesla took the gasoline engine out of a Pierce-Arrow automobile and replaced it with an 80-horsepower alternating current (A.C.) air-cooled motor with no obvious external source of power. At a [Buffalo, New York] radio shop, he bought twelve vacuum tubes, some wires and assorted resistors, and assembled them in a circuit box 24-inches long, 12-inches wide and 6-inches high, with a pair of 3-inch rods sticking out. Getting into the car with the circuit box in the front seat beside him, he pushed the rods in, and announced, “We now have power”, and proceeded to test drive the car for a week, often at speeds of up to 90 mph. Everyone wanted to know where the power came from. Several newspapers in Buffalo reported this test. When asked where the power came from, Tesla replied, “From the ethers all around us”. Several people suggested that Tesla was mad and somehow in league with sinister forces of the universe. He removed his mysterious box, returned to his laboratory in New York City — and the secret of his power source died with him. (source: New Mexico Mercury blog, dated March 2014)

        Penniless and defeated, Tesla suffered a nervous breakdown. But he soon determined that the solution was to produce another commercial invention. His bladeless turbine was a failure; his obsession with rescuing injured pigeons from Central Park did not help his reputation. At the beginning of World War I, he described (but did not patent) the first concepts that later became radar. His last patent was for a vertical take-off aircraft, but he was unable to fund building of a prototype. In 1934, partly in reaction to Hitler's rise in Germany, he announced the invention of a 'peace beam', a weapon which would prevent war. Finding neither private nor government backing, he forwarded an elaborate technical paper to the Allied nations, describing a charged particle beam weapon. The Soviet Union did some work on such a device, paying Tesla $25,000 when early tests were successful.

        He remained a lifelong bachelor, living at the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, hosting dinners for fellow public figures, usually inviting them to his laboratory afterward for demonstrations of his latest wonders. Mark Twain was a close friend until Twain's death in 1910. Another lifelong friend, editor of Century Magazine Robert Underwood Johnson, was active socially and introduced Tesla to many important people of the time; Johnson's pretty and intellectually restless wife Katharine traded love notes with Tesla, a relationship that was by all reports intense but platonic; she died in 1925. J.P. Morgan's young daughter Anne adored Tesla, and stayed in touch until Tesla's death.

        During most of his career, Tesla was acclaimed both in print and by awards from universities and governments and the scientific community, even while opponents spread lies about him. In 1915, the New York Times announced that Tesla and Edison were to receive the Nobel Prize; this never came to pass, reportedly because Tesla refused to share with Edison. He was offered the Edison Prize in 1917 and at first resisted, but friends persuaded him to accept the honor that was his due. In 1937, Felix Ehernhaft of Vienna nominated Tesla for an undivided Nobel prize in physics, but he did not win.

        On the occasion of Tesla's 75th birthday, he was featured on the 20 July 1931 cover of Time Magazine. Further accolades came his way, but financial setbacks prevented continued scientific work. He moved from the Waldorf around 1933 to the Hotel New Yorker, greatly in need of the $7200 stipend later paid to him by the Tesla Institute in Yugoslavia, in honor of "the greatest inventive genius of all time". He died alone in the hotel on 7 January 1943, and was found two days later by a maid. The funeral was attended by thousands; he was cremated and his ashes encased in a golden sphere. He left no will, but had verbally bequeathed all of his papers and effects to Yugoslavia, where a Nikola Tesla Museum was begun in 1952. His ashes were transported to the Museum in 1957, where the sphere remains on display.
        When Tesla's nephew, a minor Yugoslavian diplomat, arrived at the hotel to see to his uncle's effects, he found that many of Tesla's papers were missing. The F.B.I. was called in, and because World War II was in progress, the U.S. government took custody of everything: two truckloads from the hotel, and dozens of barrels from storage elsewhere. A post-war U.S. Army particle beam weapon project made use of 'copies of Tesla's papers', but after discontinuation of testing, the papers were again lost. The papers that were finally released to the Museum in 1952 were incomplete.

        In more recent times: an 'International Unit of Magnetic Flux Density' was named in Tesla's honor; he was inducted into the Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 1975; the Institute of Electrical Engineers established its distinguished Nikola Tesla Award, given annually since 1976; a statue of Tesla was erected on Goat Island in the middle of Niagara Falls to honor his work in A.C. power; and the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in 1983.
        Recent claims that the U.S. government's HAARP (High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Project) in Alaska is based on Tesla's work are denied by HAARP and others; the Tesla concepts cited are for grounded transmission, while HAARP operates in the ionosphere, based on the work of Maxwell.
        New Voyage Communications produced a fine documentary "Tesla: Master of Lightning", which aired on the Public Broadcasting System in December 2000; the video and a companion book are available. Director Ken Russell announced plans in May of 2002 for "Charged: The Life of Nikola Tesla", which then morphed into "Tesla & Katharine", a feature film scheduled for release in 2005, but those sites/pages are now gone (Russell died in 2011).

        ADDED 2012: When the Wardenclyffe laboratory and surrounding land were put up for sale, a non-profit was formed, crowdfunding was initiated on the Indiegogo website, and more than $1.3M was pledged; the land purchase was successful. Funding for a film about the earlier fundraising ended in July 2015.

        ADDED July 2014: Elon Musk of Tesla Motors pledged $1M for building a new Tesla Tower & Museum at the Wardenclyffe site on Long Island.

Nikola Tesla entry at Wikipedia
browse books by or about Nikola Tesla

Albert Einstein was once asked how it felt to be the smartest man alive.
Einstein's reply was "I don't know, you'll have to ask Nikola Tesla".

Works  by  Nikola Tesla

My Inventions autobiography by Nikola Tesla  "My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla" [1919]
Kindle Edition from Waxkeep Publng [3/2013] for 99¢ {sic}
Kindle Edition from Cosimo Classics [2005 edition] for $2.80 {sic}
B&N Publng 8¾x6 pb [12/2007] for $8.99
Cosimo Classics 8¾x6 pb [3/2007] for $6.95
Wildside Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2005] for $11.66
B&N Publng 9x5¾ hardcover [5/2007] for $15.77
1982 edition by Ben Johnston
Hart Brothers Publg pb [10/82] for $9.95
Hart Brothers Publg hardcover [10/82] out of print/used
Strange Life of Nikola Tesla autobiography  
"The Strange Life of Nikola Tesla" autobiography
{as above, without T.C. Martin's Introduction}

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [undated] for $2.99
B.N. Publng 8x5 pb [3/2008] for $9.99
free online Adobe Acrobat download [8/95] of 387KB
Colorado Springs Notes book by Nikola Tesla  "Colorado Springs Notes, 1899-1900"
Edited by the Nikola Tesla Museum staff

438-page Important Books 11x8½ pb [9/2013] for $18.95
439-page Angriff Press 11½x9 hardcover [6/78] out of print/used
Problem of Increasing Human Energy book by Nikola Tesla  "The Problem of Increasing Human Energy" [1900]
Kindle Edition from Filiquarian Publng, LLC [9/2007] for $4.99
Kessinger pb [3/97] for $12.95
online HTML version at 21st Century Books
Experiments With Alternate Currents book by Nikola Tesla  "Experiments With Alternate Currents of High Potential & High Frequency" [1904]
Fredonia 9½x6 pb [9/2002] for $22.95
GSG Assocs hardcover [11/85] out of print/used

online HTML version at 21st Century Books

True Wireless book by Nikola Tesla, edited by George Trinkaus  "The True Wireless" [1919] Edited by George Trinkaus
High Voltage Press pamphlet [7/98] for $7.75

online text on P.B.S. website
online HTML version at 21st Century Books

Lectures Articles book by Nikola Tesla  "Nikola Tesla: Lectures, Patents, Articles"
Edited by the Nikola Tesla Museum staff

Health Research hardcover [9/96] out of print/used
Tesla Books spiral-bound [6/92] for $66.99
Tesla Papers On Free Energy book by Nikola Tesla, edited by David Hatcher Childress  "The Tesla Papers: Nikola Tesla On Free Energy & Wireless Transmission of Power" [2000] Edited by David Hatcher Childress
S.C.B. Intl 10x8 pb [9/2000] for $14.54
expanded edition Colorado Springs Notes book by Nikola Tesla & Tesla Museum staff   "From Colorado Springs To Long Island, 1899-1901" [2008]
Edited by Nikola Tesla Museum staff

The 1978 edition of "Colorado Springs Notes" contains 439 pages, this edition adds 156 pages of notes handwritten by Tesla during 1900 and 1901, mostly on Waldorf Astoria Hotel notepaper, transcribed and organized by Tesla Museum staff
595-page Nikola Tesla Museum 11¼x9¼ hardcover [2008] available via Amazon third party

The satirical poem "Fragments of Olympian Gossip" on P.B.S. website

selected Tesla articles at 21st Century Books

'Tesla  Presents'  Series
Edited by Leland I. Anderson; published by Twenty-First Century Books

TPS 1 Work With Alternating Currents book by Nikola Tesla  Part 1: "Nikola Tesla On His Work With Alternating Currents & Their Application To Wireless Telegraphy, Telephony & Transmission of Power"
pb [7/2002] for $28.94
spiral-bound [5/92] out of print/used
TPS 2 New York Academy of Sciences Lecture book by Nikola Tesla  Part 2: "Lecture Before The New York Academy of Sciences, April 6, 1897"
pb [12/94] for $14.94
TPS 3 Guided Weapons & Computer Technology book by Nikola Tesla  Part 3: "Guided Weapons & Computer Technology"
pb [2/98] for $18.95
hardcover [5/98] for $31.95
TPS 4 Teleforce & Telegeodynamics Proposals book by Nikola Tesla  Part 4: "Nikola Tesla's Teleforce & Telegeodynamics Proposals"
pb [11/98] for $26.94

Nikola  Tesla  Quotations

“The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.”

“Be alone – that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.”

“The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain.”
— in "My Inventions" (1919)

“Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world."

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane."

“The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine."

“If you wish to understand the Universe, think of energy, frequency, and vibration."

“I don't care that they stole my idea . . . I care that they don't have any of their own."

“Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties
cannot be seen, but we can feel them."

“I do not think [that] there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation
of the brain unfolding to success . . . such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything."

“Anti-social behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists."

“Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation,
and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality."

Books  About  Nikola Tesla
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Prodigal Genius book by John J. O'Neill  "Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla, Inventor Extraordinary" [1944]
by John J. O'Neill

Kindle Edition from Ancient Wisdom Publns [5/2009] for $6.45
Brotherhood of Life 8½x5½ pb [4/2001] for $13.56
Angriff Press pb [3/85] out of print/used
Angriff Press hardcover [6/94] for $25.00
online HTML version
unpublished Chapter 34 on P.B.S. website OR at 21st Century Books
Nikola Tesla 1956 bio  
"Nikola Tesla" [1956]
by Nikola Tesla Museum Staff

Kessinger 11x8 pb [3/2003] for $33.27
Electrical Genius Nikola Tesla book by Arthur J. Beckhard  "Electrical Genius Nikola Tesla (Men of Science Series)" [1959]
by Arthur J. Beckhard

Julian Messner hardcover [1959] out of print/scarce
Tribute To Nikola Tesla book from the Nikola Tesla Museum Staff  "Tribute To Nikola Tesla" [1961]
by Prof. Vojin Popovic & the Nikola Tesla Museum Staff

Arthur Vanous hardcover [6/61] out of print/scarce
Nikola Tesla Savant Genius book by Anthony Shennan  "Nikola Tesla: Savant Genius of The XXth Century" [1981]
by Anthony Shennan

Geothermal World Directory pb [6/87] out of print/used
Inventions, Researches & Writings of Nikola Tesla  "The Inventions, Researches & Writings of Nikola Tesla, 1894"
by Thomas Commerford Martin

Kessinger Publg pb [3/97] for $39.00
Health Research pb [12/70] for $28.00
Angriff Publg hardcover [6/81] for $26.00
Introducing Nikola Tesla Through Some of His Achievements book by John J. O'Neill  "Introducing Nikola Tesla Through Some of His Achievements"
by John J. O'Neill

Health Research 10½x8¼ pb [6/92] for $12.80
Health Research 8x6¾ pb [1970] out of print/scarce
Tesla bios by Colladay & O'Neill  "Nikola Tesla: Incredible Scientist" and "Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla" by Morrison Colladay & John J. O'Neill
Kessinger Publg pb [3/97] for $12.95
Lightning In His Hand book by Inez Hunt & Wanetta Draper  "Lightning In His Hand: The Life Story of Nikola Tesla" [1964]
by Inez Hunt & Wanetta W. Draper

Tesla Books spiral-bound [4/2000] for $24.50 out of print/used
Chicago World's Fair of 1893 Photographic Record book by Stanley Appelbaum  "The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record" [1980]
with text by Stanley Appelbaum

George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla won a contract to electrify part of the 1893 Chicago
Columbian Exhibition, and the astounding result was given the name "The White City".

Dover Publns 10¾x8¼ pb [6/80] for $10.36
Margaret Cheney bio of Nikola Tesla  "Tesla: Man Out of Time" [1981] by Margaret Cheney
Touchstone 12½x5½ pb [10/2001] for $12.00
Amereon hardcover [7/98] for $24.95
Bantam pb [11/98] for $10.36
Laurel Leaf pb [12/93] out of print/used
In Search of Nikola Tesla book by F. David Peat  "In Search of Nikola Tesla" [1983] by F. David Peat
Ashgrove Press pb [9/2002] out of print/used
Ashgrove Press 8½x5¼ pb [1/97] out of print/used
Ashgrove Press hardcover [1983] out of print/used
Tesla Said book edited by John T. Ratzlaff  "Tesla Said" [1984] Edited by John T. Ratzlaff
Tesla Books pb [4/84] for $28.00 out of print/used
Tesla biographical novel by Tad Wise  "Tesla: A Biographical Novel of The World's Greatest Inventor" [1993]
by Tad Wise

Turner Publg 9x6 pb [2/95] out of print/used
Turner Publg hardcover [3/93] out of print/used
Nikola Tesla biography by Carol Dommermuth-Costa  "Nikola Tesla: A Spark of Genius" [1994]
by Carol Dommermuth-Costa

Lerner Publns [YA] 8¾x6¼ hardcover [10/94] for $25.26
Nikola Tesla bibliography by John T. Ratzlaff & Leland I. Anderson  "Dr. Nikola Tesla Bibliography 1884-1978" [1995]
by John T. Ratzlaff & Leland I. Anderson

Twenty-First Century Books spiral-bound [7/95] for $24.95
Nikola Tesla Dreamer book by Allan L. Benson  "Nikola Tesla: Dreamer (His Three-Day Trip To Europe & His Scheme To Split The Earth)" [1996] by Allan L. Benson
Health Research spiral-bound pamphlet [9/96] for $8.20
Dr. Nikola Tesla Forgotten Super Man book by Ralph Bergstresser  "Dr. Nikola Tesla: The Forgotten Super Man of Our Industrial Age" [1996]
by Ralph Bergstresser

Health Research spiral-bound [9/96] for $8.00
Wizard / Biography of A Genius book by Marc J. Seifer  "Wizard: The Life & Times of Nikola Tesla - Biography of A Genius" [1996]
by Marc J. Seifer

Kindle Edition from Citadel/Penguin/Random House [1998 edition] for $9.99
Citadel Press 9x6 pb [6/98] out of print/50+ used
Birch Lane Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/96] out of print/used
Nikola Tesla Bibliography by Iwona Vujovic  "Nikola Tesla Bibliography, 1886-1920" [1998]
by Iwona Vujovic

Tesla Project spiral-bound [4/98] out of print/scarce
Tesla Modern Sorcerer book by Daniel Blair Stewart  "Tesla: The Modern Sorcerer" [1999]
by Daniel Blair Stewart

Frog Ltd 9¼x7 pb [9/99] for $15.16
Man Who Invented The Twentieth Century book by Robert Lomas  "The Man Who Invented The Twentieth Century: Nikola Tesla, Forgotten Genius of Electricity" [1999] by Robert Lomas
Headline Book Publng pb [5/2000] out of print/used
Headline Book Publng hardcover [1999] out of print/used
Tesla Harnessed Niagara Falls book by Marc Seifer  "Nikola Tesla: The Man Who Harnessed Niagara Falls" [2001]
by Marc Seifer

Metascience Prodns 9x7 pamphlet [1/2001] for $10.36
Master of Lightning book by Margaret Cheney & Robert Uth  "Tesla: Master of Lightning" [2001] by Margaret Cheney & Robert Uth
[companion book for the P.B.S. documentary]

Friedman/Fairfax 11½X8½ hardcover [10/2001] for $11.98
PBS Home Video color VHS [10/2000] for $13.99
Goat Island, Niagara's Scenic Retreat book by Paul Gromosiak  "Goat Island: Niagara's Scenic Retreat" [2003] by Paul Gromosiak
Western New York Wares mass pb [2003] out of print/used
or available from publisher Buffalo Books for $9.95
Empires of Light Electrify The World book by Jill Jonnes  "Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse & The Race To Electrify The World" [2003] by Jill Jonnes
Random House 8x5¼ pb [10/2004] for $11.64
Random House hardcover [8/2003] out of print/used
watch 2003 interview on "Booknotes" TV show [57:58] online at YouTube
Thomas Alva Edison [1847-1931] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
Tribute To Nikola Tesla books by Dr. Ljubo Vujovic  
"Tribute To Nikola Tesla - in 3 volumes" [2005]
by Dr. Ljubo Vujovic

not listed on Amazon (8/2013)
Taming of Electricity book by Lisa J. Aldrich  "Nikola Tesla and The Taming of Electricity" [YA 2005]
by Lisa J. Aldrich

Morgan Reynolds 9¼x6¼ hardcover [5/2005] for $26.95
The Illustrated Tesla book   "The Illustrated Tesla" [2007]
the 1894 collection of twenty of Tesla's papers by Thomas Commerford Martin [1856-1924], with over 200 illustrations
Kindle Edition from Start Publng/Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [6/2013] for $1.99 {sic}
Wilder Publns 9x6 pb [4/2008] for $19.99
Wilder Publns 9x6 hardcover [6/2013] for $29.99
Brilliant, Evolution of Artificial Light book by Jane Brox  "Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light" [2010]
by Jane Brox

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 8½x5½ hardcover [7/2010] for $15.00
Tesla, Inventor of the Electrical Age book by W. Bernard Carlson  "Tesla: Inventor of The Electrical Age" [2013]
by W. Bernard Carlson

Kindle Edition from Princeton Univ Press [5/2013] for $9.88
Princeton Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [5/2013] for $20.46
Electrical Wizard biography of Nikola Tesla by Elizabeth Rusch & Oliver Dominguez  "Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up The World" [ages 7-10; 2013]
Written by Elizabeth Rusch, Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez

Candlewick Press hardcover [9/2013] for $12.23
Tesla for Beginners in Kindle format by Maya Herman Sekulich  "Tesla For Beginners: Who Was Nikola Tesla? The Genius Who Gave Us Light" for Kindle [ages 12 & up; 2015] by Maya Herman
61-page Kindle Edition from Amazon K.D.P. [8/2015] for $3.99
Truth About Tesla book by Christopher Cooper  "The Truth About Tesla: The Myth of The Lone Genius In The History of Innovation" [2015] by Christopher Cooper, Foreword by Marc J. Seifer, PhD
author's agenda is to disprove the 'myth' of Tesla – or anyone else – as visionary and genius
Race Point Publng 10½x8½ hardcover [9/2015] for $19.04
Race Point Publng hardcover [9/2015] out of print/used
Nikola Tesla Puzzle Collection book by Richard Wolfrik Galland  "The Nikola Tesla Puzzle CollectionZ: An Electrifying Series of Challenges, Enigmas, and Puzzles" [2016] by Richard Wolfrik Galland
Author is a professional game designer; book contains Tesla biographical material leading into puzzles for the reader to solve
Carlton Books, Ltd. 9½x7 hardcover [2/2016] out of print/used
Metro Books hardcover [2/2016] out of print/used

Fiction  About  Nikola  Tesla

Tesla Bequest novel by Lewis Perdue   "The Tesla Bequest" [1984] by Lewis Perdue
Tesla was murdered in 1943 by a secret society for his many still-secret inventions, including an 'ultimate weapon'; forty years later, the bad guys are ready to take over the United States and then the world . . .
Kindle Edition from Sudden Pacific Publng [7/2012] for $3.50
Kensington/Pinnacle Books mass pb [8/84] out of print/used
author's official website
Man In The Glass Vial  "The Man In The Glass Vial" [2006] by Justin Segal
Fantasy novel about a museum curator, Thomas Alva Edison's 'spirit phonograph' invention, and an afterlife confrontation between arch-enemies Tesla and Edison.
PublishAmerica 9x6 pb [10/2006] for $14.95
Bring Me the Brain of Nikola Tesla novel by Sal Restivo  "Bring Me The Brain of Nikola Tesla" [2007] novel by Sal Restivo
Mary Lynn asks ex-lover Tony for help in solving the murder of her husband; they are joined by Roscoe & Linda and the trail leads to Europe, where terrorist group S.C.N.F. kidnaps Roscoe and demands Tesla's lost papers for Roscoe's ransom.
iUniverse 9x6 pb [6/2007] for $14.95
Tesla Testament novel by Eugene Ciurana  "The Tesla Testament: A Thriller" [2007] novel by Eugene Ciurana
A terrorist group has located Tesla's long-lost blueprints for a weapon more powerful than nuclear bombs; a daring secret agent and a beautiful Russian scientist team up to stop the construction of Tesla's machinery. 8¾x6 pb [11/2007] for $17.94
Karl May and Nikola Tesla murder mystery novel by Jürgen Heinzerling  "Karl May und Der Wettermacher ( .. and The Weather Maker)"
[2001 novel] by Jürgen Heinzerling

Two famous personalities of the XIXth Century – German author Karl May and scientist Nikola Tesla – meet and become friends; an uncanny event binds them closer and they set out together to bring a murderer to justice.
Herbig pb [7/2001] out of print/scarce
Herbig pb [7/2001] out of print/scarce via Amazon.DE
Langen-Mueller Verlag hardcover [7/2001] out of print/scarce via Amazon.DE

The Tesla Secret suspense novel by Alex Lukeman  "The Tesla Secret (The Project: Book Five)" [2012] by Alex Lukeman
Nick Carter and Selena Connor work for the Project, the shadow hand of the U.S. President, and are assigned to prevent plans for a devastating weapon invented by Nikola Tesla from falling into the hands of a centuries-old conspiracy that is bent on world domination.
Kindle Edition from ... [12/2012] for $3.99
CreateSpace pb [12/2012] out of print/scarce
Tesla Portrait with Masks novel by Vladimir Pistalo  "Tesla: A Portrait With Masks - A Novel" [2015]
by Vladimir Pistalo, Translated by Bogdan Rakic & John Jeffries

Beyond the biographical facts, book describes Nikola Tesla as a mythic, mysterious, and tragic figure
Kindle Edition from Graywolf Press/Macmillan [1/2015] for $9.99
Graywolf Press 9x6 pb [1/2015] for $14.11

Tesla  Links
Nikola Tesla entry at Wikipedia
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Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade [est. 1952]
Tesla Memorial Society
Tesla Memorial Society of New York
The Tesla Wardenclyffe Project [est. 1995]
article on the Tesla Museum Project
Nikola Tesla was inducted into the Inventor’s Hall of Fame in 1975

The Tesla Book Company
P.B.S. "Tesla: Inside The Lab" site
Tesla Engine Builders Assn.
Jim Bieberich's List of Tesla Patents
TESLA Linear Accelerator in Germany
Intl. Turbine & Power LLC of Cody, Wyoming
F.B.I. FOIA files on Tesla [252 pages in PDF format]
Edvard Toth's painting "Tesla's Vacation"
Cameron B. Prince's 'Tesla Universe' fansite [est. 2007]
The Tesla Collection [est. 2011] newspaper articles archive, 1886-1920

KW's TeslaMap: free Tesla coil design software site
Florida Teslathons [2002-2003] in Sarasota, FL
U.K. Teslathon [2006]
Dr. Sparks sponsors? the Western Winter Teslathon since 2006 = next is W.W.T. 2014

the rock band "Tesla": on | website & BBS | entry at Wikipedia

Tesla in Colorado 1899 {double exposure photo}           Nicola Tesla on the cover of TIME Magazine, 20 July 1931

Tesla Motors, Inc. EV Roadster & new WhiteStar electric vehicles are produced in Palo Alto, California [est. 7/2006]

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