Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book Review: MY INVENTIONS: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

This book by Nikola Tesla is a quick read and does not go very detailed into his inventions like some biographies on Tesla do. It still has some lessons that Tesla conveys throughout the book on what he thought was different than normal in him and a one very unique thing that he says towards the end of the book is – when someone does bad to him then almost always he finds that person starts to pay for his deeds and he thought as if there is a mental influence one can have on others lives which he experienced but could not prove it to others but was very convinced that it was his mind that was causing his tormentor sufferings. Following are some things I remember:

  1. At one point Tesla says: When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire, one advances towards his goal in seven-league boots.
  2. He had been through near death experiences several times in his life.
  3. He had very sharp hearing capacity – but because of this he was not able to bear even sounds which may appear normal for most people.
  4. He was very inspired by reading works of Mark Twain once when he was very sick and bed-ridden. When he came to America and happened to befriend Mr Clemens himself who Tesla describes to be a man of very jovial nature and tells the author that his books were the reason he could recover from his sickness as they gave him the strength to live then at hearing this Mark Twain (Mr Clemens) started to cry like a child and said it was the greatest reward for him.
  5. Of note, Tesla does not say anything about Edison (or not that I remember now so even if he did it was only done in the passing).

A good quick read and an inspiring one at that. Highly recommended.

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