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A Review of Nikola Tesla’s Autobiography

March 9, 2013

Nikola Tesla AutobiographyWeird. That is my 1 word description of the book. It almost seemed like Nikola didn’t want to write it but someone talked him into it. A publicist? However he doesn’t seem like the type of person who’d have a publicist.

Nikola is very weird too, mostly due to his unique brain power. He had the ability to envision every tiny detail of an invention in his head before he did any writing, drawing, or mock-ups of the idea. He also passed out frequently from over-thinking. Tesla does a great job of communicating his thought process and how lucky he was to have such a magnificent brain.

The book is short, but not an easy read. At 94 pages I should have been able to finish it in 2 hours but there was something about the flow. Like I said, he didn’t seem to want to write this book and just  hammered out 94 pages worth of text in one night.

A few of my favorite quotes, including the very first sentence:

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention.

This line is great because it makes me think of society being absorbed with TV and social media as our lives pass by:

More persons are so absorbed in the contemplation of the outside world that they are wholly oblivious to what is passing on within themselves.


I am credited with being one of the hardest workers and perhaps I am, if thought is the equivalent of labour, for I have devoted to it almost all of my waking hours.

Enjoy the book.

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