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496 Nikola Tesla: My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

A firsthand account by Nikola Tesla himself, detailing his life, inventions, and revolutionary contributions to electrical engineering.



"My Inventions" presents an autobiographical narrative written by Nikola Tesla, providing a personal and intimate account of his life and extraordinary scientific achievements. Tesla shares his remarkable inventions, scientific insights, and the challenges he faced in bringing his visionary ideas to fruition.


  1. Title: "My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla" 
  2. Author: Nikola Tesla 
  3. Publishing Year: 1919 
  4. Publisher: The Electrical Experimenter Publishing Company 
  5. Length in Hours: 2 hours and 25 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Nikola Tesla's personal journey, from his early life and education to his groundbreaking work in electrical engineering and technology.
  2. Tesla's revolutionary inventions, including the alternating current (AC) system, wireless transmission of energy, and various electrical devices.
  3. The challenges and setbacks Tesla encountered throughout his career, such as financial difficulties, patent disputes, and the struggle to gain recognition for his innovations.
  4. Tesla's visionary ideas and theories, including his exploration of wireless communication, wireless power transmission, and the concept of harnessing natural forces for the betterment of humanity.
  5. The enduring legacy of Nikola Tesla, his impact on modern technology, and his status as one of the greatest inventors and scientific minds in history.

5 funny quotes

  1. "As I review the events of my past life, I realize how little the usual stages of life matter to me—birth, struggle, and death. What really counts is the act of creation."
  2. "One of the reasons I don't like vacations is that they interrupt my work, and my work is my life. Besides, who needs a break when you're inventing the future?"
  3. "I have not been blessed with extraordinary physical strength, but my mind has always been my greatest tool and source of power."
  4. "Sometimes I feel like a modern Prometheus, but instead of bringing fire to humanity, I bring electricity."
  5. "I have always preferred the company of machines and inventions over people. They never disappoint or misunderstand."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind."
  2. "I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success."
  3. "The day when we shall know exactly what electricity is will chronicle an event probably greater, more important than any other recorded in the history of the human race."
  4. "The future will show whether my foresight is as accurate now as it has proved heretofore."
  5. "The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane."

5 dilemmas

  1. The struggle to balance financial stability and the pursuit of ambitious and groundbreaking scientific research.
  2. The challenges faced in securing patents and protecting intellectual property rights in the highly competitive field of electrical engineering.
  3. The clash of ideas and philosophies between Tesla and other prominent inventors and scientists of his time.
  4. The ethical implications of Tesla's inventions, particularly in the realm of wireless energy transmission and its potential impact on society.
  5. The tension between Tesla's desire to share his knowledge freely for the betterment of humanity and the need to secure financial support for his projects.

5 examples

  1. Thomas Edison and the development of the rivalry between Edison's direct current (DC) system and Tesla's alternating current (AC) system.
  2. The partnership between Tesla and George Westinghouse, leading to the adoption of AC power systems on a large scale.
  3. The Tesla Coil, a high-voltage transformer that Tesla invented and demonstrated to awe-struck audiences.
  4. Tesla's experiments and collaboration with J.P. Morgan, the financier who supported some of Tesla's projects.
  5. Tesla's correspondence and interactions with renowned individuals, such as Mark Twain, who was fascinated by Tesla's inventions and served as a supporter and friend.

Referenced books

  1. "The Electrician" magazine, a publication that Tesla frequently contributed to and referenced in his autobiography.
  2. "Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency" by Nikola Tesla
  3. "The Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla" (a compilation of Tesla's works)
  4. "Lectures Before the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia" by Nikola Tesla
  5. "The Electrical Experimenter" magazine, which published Tesla's autobiography.

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"One of the reasons I don't like vacations is that they interrupt my work, and my work is my life. Besides, who needs a break when you're inventing the future?"

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