NIKOLA TESLA (1856-1943) is widely credited with being no less than the founding father of modern electrical technology, and a principal architect of our modern age.
His fame rivaled that of any other inventor or scientist in history, including Albert Einstein.
In 1893, he stunned the scientific world by demonstrating wireless energy transfer, to power electronic devices, and his plans for intercontinental wireless transmission of industrial electrical power.
By varying degrees, Tesla contributed to the formal establishment of the computer sciences, telecommunications, robotics, wireless remote control, the vacuum tube, the X-Ray, the fax machine, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, television, radar, ballistic missiles, the induction motor, long-distance AC power distribution, giant electric turbines such as those employed at Niagara Falls and the Hoover Dam to generate hydroelectric power, particle-beam weaponry, and nuclear and theoretical physics.
His autobiography offers a fascinating glimpse into the brilliant and prescient mind of this flamboyant and trailblazing inventor. Further, it offers clues to the paralyzing mental instability that shadowed him throughout his career.