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The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century (English Edition) par [Lomas, Robert]
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Revue de presse

'scientific popularisation at its most readable' The Times

'Robert Lomas is to be congratulated on an easy-to-read life of a
tortured genius ... Although dealing at times with difficult technical
concepts it never succumbs to jargon and remains intelligible to the
informed lay-person throughout.' Times Higher Educational Supplement

Présentation de l'éditeur

Everybody knows that Thomas Edison devised electric light and domestic electricity supplies, that Guglielmo Marconi thought up radio and George Westinghouse built the world's first hydro-electric power station. Everybody knows these 'facts' but they are wrong.

The man who dreamt up these things also invented, inter-alia, the fluorescent light, seismology, a worldwide data communications network and a mechanical laxative. His name was Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American scientist, and his is without doubt this century's greatest unsung scientific hero.

His life story is an extraordinary series of scientific triumphs followed by a catalog of personal disasters. Perpetually unlucky and exploited by everyone around him, credit for Tesla's work was appropriated by several of the West's most famous entrepreneurs: Edison, Westinghouse and Marconi among them. After his death, information about Tesla was deliberately suppressed by the FBI.

Using Tesla's own writings, contemporary records, court transcripts and recently released FBI files, The Man who Invented the Twentieth Century pieces together for the first time the true extent of Tesla's scientific genius and tells the amazing tale of how his name came to be so widely forgotten.

Nikola Tesla is the engineer who gave his name to the unit of magnetic flux. The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century. Robert's biography of his childhood hero was launched at the 1999 Orkney Science Festival, where Robert gave a talk on Tesla in conjunction with Andrej Detela from the Department of Low and Medium Energy Physics at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubijana, Slovenia.

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Robert Gaitskell, a vice-president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, writing in the Times Higher Education Supplement, said:

"Robert Lomas is to be congratulated on an easy-to-read life of a tortured genius. The book not only takes takes us through the roller-coaster fortunes of Tesla, but also has well-constructed chapters on the history of electrical research and on lighting. Although dealing at times, with difficult technical concepts, it never succumbs to jargon and remains intelligible to the informed lay-person throughout. Every scientist or engineer would enjoy this tale of errant brilliance, and a younger student would be enthused towards a research career."

Angus Clarke, writing in the Times Metro Magazine said:

"Nikola Tesla is the forgotten genius of electricity. He invented or laid the groundwork for many things we take for granted today including alternating current, radio, fax and e-mail. A Croatian immigrant to America in 1884 Tesla combined genius with gaping character flaws and an uncanny ability to be ripped off by everyone. This is scientific popularisation at its most readable."

Engineering and Technology Magazine said:

"This book is fun, which is not something one often says about engineering books...Tesla is most widely known for the magnetic unit that bears his name, but sadly little else. This book is a thoroughly entertaining way of correcting that injustice, a must for engineers, especially electrical ones."

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1283 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : QCS eBooks; Édition : 1 (30 juin 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005991D3A
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing Depiction 4 avril 2017
Par Kai - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book was an amazingly easy read with very precise and condensed story telling of the man Nicola Tesla. Absolutely amazing aspects about his childhood and what affected him early on and throughout his life. Depicting as accurately as it can about how he felt and how he shaped into his older age.
I especially liked how Mr. Lamos really tried to portray how it felt to be in the shoes of Nicola Tesla. He speculated how it might of felt to want to change the world and immediately be shut down because of corruption and greed. Lamos tried his hardest to make it a brief history of electricity while following Nicola Tesla and his actions. There were a few grammar errors within the book and weird flow that forced you to stop and reread some paragraphs or passages two or three times in a row. But in all was a great read. I got a short review of the history of electricity and how some of his major works work, which by all means was absolutely fascinating but threw me in for a real loop since I have personally reviewed a small amount of his patents of Tesla’s patents. This book isn’t something to read if you want a huge in depth knowledge of how electricity works, it is here to shine some insight on who Nicola Tesla was and give us a good read to ponder about him. I accomplished my goal with this book to find out more about one of the most interesting scientists I have ever heard of.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 who is not only one of the most brilliant men of the 20th century 2 septembre 2016
Par JDC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I've read a number of books about Nicola Tesla, who is not only one of the most brilliant men of the 20th century, but one of the most overlooked. This book takes a different approach to portraying the man compared to many other biographies of him, but in doing so, helps to fill in the picture and provide a better overall portrait of the man and his unusual personality. I especially liked the way that Thomas Edison is portrayed -- the polar opposite of Testa in skill and temperament. And who, unlike Testa, has received great (and largely undeserved) accolades.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An amazing story about someone most of us have never heard ... 29 mai 2017
Par Side sleeper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
An amazing story about someone most of us have never heard of, but who envisioned inventions and tools what are still being developed today.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 "Enlightening" read. 8 janvier 2014
Par The Cruiser's view on Amazon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This was a very interesting read .Very detailed account was a bit tedious but all worth it in the end. I walked with a greater sense of appreciation for all the scientific achievements that have made our lives so much easier to live in the twentieth century. We take so much for granted. Read it and become enlightened.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Poorly edited... 10 octobre 2016
Par Patrick Ryan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Basic information was there ... writing could have been more polished...odd editing mistakes.
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