My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

I am copy pasting this review from my book blog ๐Ÿ™‚ You can skip this post if you have already read this.

Great book about one of the greatest inventors of all time. Sadly this book is “too” small and he just gives us a very brief glimpse of his inventions and ideas.

I did not know many things about him before reading this book like: Tesla was involved in wireless research, Marconi actually stole the Radio idea from Tesla. I always related Tesla with alternating current and did not know that he was into wireless as well.


I also liked that his main intention for inventing something was not to get applause or make money. He did all the hard work only for the betterment of the society. I admire him for his ideas to unite the world using wireless, using aerial machines as he calls them that revolve around the Earth. His dream was to invent some mechanism to transmit electricity without using wires, using the Ionosphere of Earth as a conductor and thus make it free to use.
“Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment and merging of races… There is in fact but one race, of many colors.”

He was way ahead of his time and people did not encourage many of his brilliant ideas, which is really sad. They thought his ideas were too unpractical(he even mentions that people laughed at his ideas). But we now see those ideas were realistic since many of them have been implemented in real life.

Even though he was a scientist, he strongly believed in God!


I watched a movie sometime back about Tesla – “The Secret of Nikola Tesla(Tajna Nikole Tesla)“. This movie went into the details about his life. I did not know about his involvement with Niagara project until I watched this video. Edison thought he was the “father of electricity” and couldn’t tolerate another man coming up with a better form of electricity (Alternating current by Tesla). He never cared for money and he gave all his money to Westinghouse without thinking twice.

Do watch it if you are interested in learning more about this man’s inventions.

Check this link for more details about his work: Oatmeal’s article about Tesla

27 Comments Add yours

  1. I highly recommend following the link given at the end. That’s an excellent article about Tesla and every engineer should read it.

    Destination Infinity


    1. Ashwathy says:

      Your comment is the reason I visited that page… I almost missed it while scrolling to the end.
      Thank you!!


    2. Yeah that link is too good. Explains everything Tesla has ever done.


  2. I did not know about him, I will definitely go and see the movie for sure…

    Thank you.


    1. Same here Bikram. I did not know much about him before watching the movie. But the movie is good.


  3. Ashwathy says:

    This is totally fascinating. Never knew about it.
    Thanks for sharing.

    It’s truly sad the man did not get his due ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    1. Same here Ash.. Only recently after watching the movie and going through Oatmeal’s link did I get to know.


  4. gils says:

    In Prestige..there is a scene where Edison’s men are showing attacking Tesla..or something similar i guess…edison is no saint it seems


    1. I dont exactly remember that scene. Need to watch Prestige again. There was a time when I thought Edison had contributed a lot to science. I was so wrong about him!


      1. gils says:

        he definitely has…but tht doesnt make him a gud person..gud scientist sure..person..not so


      2. Now i have doubts about him being a good scientist too


  5. Reema says:

    He was the actual pioneer of modern electrical engineering!


    1. You must have even studied his ideas in your engineering right? I only got to know about him recently.


  6. Shobhit says:

    Ohh. I hadn’t heard about this. I’ll make sure to watch this one. Thanks AK. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Yeah you should watch it sometime Shobhit. Do go through the link at the end of my post. The link kind of gives a summary of all his contributions.


  7. theSuda says:

    Have you watched the move The Prestige (by Christopher Nolan)? You should.. There is a brief appearance of Nicola Tesla in the story and if there is somebody who can show him splendidly, it is Christopher Nolan…
    Now I will also try to get this book and read it. I also really like Tesla ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Yep have seen Prestige movie. Remember seeing Tesla in that. You should read this book. It is a very small book, hardly 100 pages.


      1. theSuda says:

        I need ISBN and publication of the book you have. There are so many books with same name. Where did you get it?


      2. I have something like this (got it from Amazon):


      3. Prasad says:

        Tesla was played by David Bowie (:-O) in that movie


      4. I really must watch the movie again.. Been too long.. have forgotten half of the stuff ๐Ÿ˜›


  8. Tesla is great scientist. Thanks for this book recommendation


    1. Thanks for dropping in Muhammad ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Prasad says:

    The rivaly if Tesla-Edison was really good..


    1. true.. but Tesla deserved more recognition I feel..


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