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The Strange Life of Nikola Tesla

The Strange Life of Nikola Tesla

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THE STRANGE LIFE OFNIKOLA TESLA
 
The Strange Life of Nikola Tesla
Editors Note, August 28, 1995
This text has been entered by John R.H. Penner from a small booklet found in aused bookstore for $2.50. The only form of date identification is the name of theoriginal purchaser, Arthua Daine (?), dated April 29, 1978.The book appears to be considerably older, made with typewriters, and thenphotocopied and stapled. The only other significant features of the booklet is that itcontains four photocopied photographs of Tesla, and was originally forty pageslong. I must apologise for the qualitty of the scans, but the originals were of verypoor quality, and this is the best that could be obtained after touching-up inPhotoshop.The book has no Copyright identification, nor any means of contacting thepublishers. As far as I am aware, this autobiography is no longer available in printedform anywhere.In the interest of making this important text available to the wider public, I haveretyped the entire text word-for-word as it originally appears into this electronicformat. The only words which appear in this file, that are not in the original book are this Editors Note, and the Introduction. I have exactly maintained page numbersas they appear in the original – including the somewhat odd artifact of Chapter 1starting on page two.If anyone knows how to reach the original publisher, please contact me at the belowaddress, so proper credit may be given where it is due.John Roland Hans Penner464 Scott StreetSt. Catharines, OntarioL2M 3W7, CanadaPhone: 905.646.3551eMail: J.Penner@GEnie.GEIS.comThis file may be freely redistributed as long as it’s content is not modified in anyway. It may not be sold or published for profit unless specifically authorised prior topublication by the express permission of Kolmogorov- Smirnov Publishing, or JohnR.H. Penner. Unless otherwise notified, this work is Copyright ©1995 by John R.H.Penner.
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The Strange Life of Nikla Tesla
Introduction
Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia (then part of Austria-Hungary) on July 9, 1856,and died January 7, 1943. He was the electrical engineer who invented the AC(alternating current) induction motor, which made the universal transmission anddistribution of electricity possible. Tesla began his studies in physics andmathematics at Graz Polytechnic, and then took philosophy at the University of Prague. He worked as an electrical engineer in Budapest, Hungary, andsubsequently in France and Germany. In 1888 his discovery that a magnetic fieldcould be made to rotate if two coils at right angles are supplied with AC current90°out of phase made possible the invention of the AC induction motor. The majoradvantage of this motor being its brushless operation, which many at the timebelieved impossible.Tesla moved to the United States in 1884, where he worked for Thomas Edisonwho quickly became a rival – Edison being an advocate of the inferior DC powertransmission system. During this time, Tesla was commissioned with the design of the AC generators installed at Niagara Falls. George Westinghouse purchased thepatents to his induction motor, and made it the basis of the Westinghouse powersystem which still underlies the modern electrical power industry today.He also did notable research on high-voltage electricity and wirelesscommunication; at one point creating an earthquake which shook the ground forseveral miles around his New York laboratory. He also devised a system whichanticipated world-wide wireless communications, fax machines, radar, radio-guidedmissiles and aircraft.
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