List of Nikola Tesla writings

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Tesla, aged 37, 1893, photo by Napoleon Sarony

Tesla wrote a number of books and articles for magazines and journals.[1] Among his books are My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla; The Fantastic Inventions of Nikola Tesla, compiled and edited by David Hatcher Childress; and The Tesla Papers.

Many of Tesla's writings are freely available on the web,[2][3][4] including the article, The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, which he wrote for The Century Magazine in 1900,[5][6] and the article, Experiments With Alternate Currents Of High Potential And High Frequency, published in his book, Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla.[7][8]


  1. A New System of Alternate Current Motors and Transformers, AIEE Address, May 16, 1888[9]
  2. Phenomena of Alternating Currents of Very High Frequency, Electrical World, Feb. 21, 1891[10]
  3. Experiments with Alternate Currents of Very High Frequency and Their Application to Methods of Artificial Illumination, AIEE, Columbia College, N.Y., May 20, 1891[11]
  4. Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency, IEE Address, London, February 1892[12]
  5. On Light and Other High Frequency Phenomena, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, February 1893, and National Electric Light Association, St. Louis, March 1893[13]
  6. On the Dissipation of the Electrical Energy of the Hertz Resonator, Electrical Engineer, Dec. 21, 1892
  7. On Electricity, Electrical Review, January 27, 1897
  8. High Frequency Oscillators for Electro-therapeutic and Other Purposes, Electrical Engineer, November 17, 1898
  9. Plans to Dispense With Artillery of the Present Type, The Sun, New York, November 21, 1898
  10. Tesla Describes His Efforts in Various Fields of Work, Electrical Review - New York, November 30, 1898
  11. On Current Interrupters, Electrical Review, March 15, 1899
  12. The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, Century Illustrated Magazine, June 1900
  13. Tesla's New Discovery, The Sun, New York, January 30, 1901
  14. Talking With Planets, Collier's Weekly, February 9, 1901
  15. The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires, Electrical World, March 5, 1904
  16. Electric Autos, Manufacturers' Record, December 29, 1904
  17. The Transmission of Electrical Energy Without Wires as a Means for Furthering Peace, Electrical World and Engineer, January 7, 1905
  18. Tuned Lightning, English Mechanic and World of Science, March 8, 1907
  19. Tesla's Wireless Torpedo, New York Times, March 19, 1907
  20. Possibilities of Wireless, New York Times, Oct. 22, 1907
  21. The Future of the Wireless Art, Wireless Telegraphy & Telephony, Van Nostrand, 1908
  22. Mr. Tesla's Vision, New York Times, April 21, 1908
  23. Nikola Tesla's New Wireless, The Electrical Engineer - London, December 24, 1909
  24. Dr. Tesla Talks of Gas Turbines, Motor World, September 18,1911
  25. Tesla's New Monarch of Machines, New York Herald, Oct. 15, 1911
  26. The Disturbing Influence of Solar Radiation On the Wireless Transmission of Energy, Electrical Review and Western Electrician, July 6, 1912
  27. How Cosmic Forces Shape Our Destinies, New York American, February 7, 1915
  28. Some Personal Recollections, Scientific American, June 5, 1915
  29. The Wonder World To Be Created By Electricity, Manufacturer's Record, September 9, 1915
  30. Nikola Tesla Sees a Wireless Vision, New York Times, Sunday, October 3, 1915
  31. Tesla's New Device Like Bolts of Thor, New York Times, December 8, 1915
  32. Wonders of the Future, Collier's Weekly, December 2, 1916
  33. Electric Drive for Battle Ships, New York Herald, February 25, 1917
  34. My Inventions, Electrical Experimenter, February-June and October 1919
  35. Famous Scientific Illusions, Electrical Experimenter, February 1919
  36. The True Wireless, Electrical Experimenter, May 1919
  37. Electrical Oscillators, Electrical Experimenter, July 1919
  38. World System of Wireless Transmission of Energy, Telegraph and Telegraph Age, October 16, 1927
  39. Our Future Motive Power, Everyday Science and Mechanics, December 1931[14]
  40. Pioneer Radio Engineer Gives Views On Power, New York Herald Tribune, September 11, 1932
  41. The Eternal Source of Energy of the Universe, Origin and Intensity of Cosmic Rays, New York, October 13, 1932
  42. Tesla on Power Development and Future Marvels, New York World Telegram, July 24, 1934
  43. The New Art of Projecting Concentrated Non-dispersive Energy Through Natural Media, 1935
  44. A Machine to End War, Liberty, February 1935
  45. Tesla Predicts Ships Powered by Shore Beam, New York Herald Tribune, May 5, 1935
  46. Mechanical Therapy

Works About Tesla[edit]

  1. The Tesla Effects With High Frequency and High Potential Currents, Introduction.--The Scope of the Tesla Lectures.
  2. Tesla's Oscillator and Other Inventions, Century Illustrated Magazine, April 1895
  3. Earth Electricity to Kill Monopoly, The World Sunday Magazine — March 8, 1896
  4. Inventor Tesla's Plant Nearing Completion, Brooklyn Eagle, February 8, 1902
  5. Nikola Tesla's New Wireless, The Electrical Engineer - London, December 24, 1909
  6. Presentation of the Edison Medal to Nikola Tesla, May 8, 1917
  7. Tesla's Views on Electricity and the War, The Electrical Experimenter, August 1917
  8. Rain Can Be Controlled and Hydraulic Force Provided . . . , Syracuse Herald, ca. February 29, 1920
  9. When Woman is Boss, Colliers, January 30, 1926
  10. Nikola Tesla Tells of New Radio Theories, New York Herald Tribune, September 22, 1929
  11. Tesla Cosmic Ray Motor May Transmit Power ‘Round Earth, Brooklyn Eagle, July 10, 1932
  12. Tesla Invents Peace Ray, New York Sun, July 10, 1934
  13. Dr. Tesla Visions the End of Aircraft In War, Every Week Magazine, October 21, 1934
  14. Tesla Tries to Prevent World War II, Prodigal Genius, 1944 — Unpublished Chapter 34
  15. A Story of Youth Told by Age, Written to Miss Fotitch Kristasia


In the late 1920s, Tesla composed a poem—"Fragments of Olympian Gossip"—for his friend, George Sylvester Viereck, an illustrious German poet and mystic. It poked vitriolic fun at the scientific establishment of the day.[15] For example, he derided Albert Einstein for claiming that matter and force are transmutable (Mass–energy equivalence), even though Archimedes and Isaac Newton had stated that they are not.[16]