In 1919, Nikola Tesla wrote several articles for the magazine The Electrical Experimenter. These pieces have been gathered together here.
In the last few decades of his life, he ended up living in diminished circumstances as a recluse in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, occasionally making unusual statements to the press.
Because of his pronouncements and the nature of his work over the years, Tesla gained a reputation in popular culture as the archetypal ‘mad scientist’.
He died impoverished and in debt on January 7, 1943.
When he passed, Tesla didn’t leave behind much material for the general public. Also, he didn’t have many close friends who would have had insight into his life sufficient to write about him.
Since My Inventions is an autobiography, it is unique in providing a glimpse into Tesla’s mind and his private thoughts. It tells about the man, his motivations and the values that he held.
My Inventions is a required read for anyone wanting to know more about one of the greatest inventors of the 20th century – and perhaps of all time.
1. My Early Life
2. My First Efforts at Invention
3. My Later Endeavors
4. The Discovery of the Tesla Coil and Transformer
5. The Magnifying Transmitter
6. The Art of Telautomatics
“This book was nothing short but inspirational. I am in no way an electrical expert but this book makes me want to start a career in electrical engineering. After reading this informative autobiography of one of the world greatest inventors, I started researching ways to learn basic electrical components and how they work hands-on. I am mechanically inclined in certain ways but not an innovating way that Tesla was. The books shows how his ambitious mind to better mankind worked till he either passed out from exhaustion or a nervous breakdown. This is one of my favorite books and took notes of his quotes and actions so that I can mimic his persona to my advantage in some way.”
“There have been very few men born as compelling as Nikola Tesla. This father of alternating current and post mortem pop-culture icon shows himself to be fascinatingly introspective and shockingly accurate with his predictions of computers, the internet, AI, and World War ll. A must read for anyone interested in science or philosophy.”
“Awesome book. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the life and works of Nikola Tesla. Not only is it an invitation to one of the greatest minds of the last century but a chance to get to know Tesla as a person, as the book is filled with anecdotes of his early life. To my surprise and amusement, the inventor had a great sense of humour and very interesting views on various matters, such as friendship, politics and others. The book was written in 1919, almost a century ago, but i am sure it will be an inspiration for several generations to come, as some of Tesla’s ideas and conceptions have only started to become possible in the last few decades. This particular edition has pictures and illustrations of Tesla’s career and inventions, as well as some others extracted from newspapers and scientific publications of the time. It is also very short (81 pages) and can be read in a single afternoon.”