Tesla, Man Out of Time Summary & Study Guide

Margaret Cheney
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This is an incredible biography of one of the most amazing men of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a scientific genius, who managed to convince the right people of the value of his work, which enabled him to procure funding for numerous projects and helped to ensure that he would have "a name."

Tesla was born a Serb in Croatia and his childhood was reasonably normal. His father, a cleric, was a respectable man and Nikola, himself, was very obviously exceptional. He claimed to have received his gifts from his mother, whose genius was evident to him. Tesla's main tasks in childhood were to cultivate his own mind and to open his father's mind. The boy nearly died twice prior to persuading his father that a scientist-engineer might be an acceptable occupation rather than that of a military officer or cleric. He became socially well connected while in his late twenties and thirties with a good deal of help and persistence.

The biographer provides an in-depth and extensive account of Nikola Tesla's life. The concise description of his childhood in the preceding paragraph is an example of the completeness of her work. She finds people who have at least met the deceased scientist in person. This enhances the author's ability to create accurate and interesting material. Many of those who met the inventor decades later, after he had moved to America and grown highly successful were able to recount what they knew of him to the biographer.

The title is rather apt. In truth, much of Nikola Tesla's work has only begun to be understood and become of functional use in our society today. Some of Tesla's work would be able to progress much further with additional research in other areas of scientific development. In fact, much of Tesla's work has evolved into the field of applied electrical engineering and has been helped along by those younger than Tesla. Many breakthroughs based upon Tesla's work began while he was still alive. Fortunately, the generations since have added to what he was able to accomplish. One example of this is the presently-existing ability to use wireless transmission for communication. Tesla made some headway in this area and as such, has been a vitally important member of the "team science of humanity." Tesla was ahead of his era, which shows directly in the ways in which those who followed have been able to do more with his work, and there is no sign of this stopping. He left enough patents and supplemental notes that have been preserved to allow other people to work with ideas of his that could not be implemented in his lifetime.

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