Tesla: Man Out of Time

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Tesla: Man Out of Time
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AuthorMargaret Cheney
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
October 2001
Pages400 pages
621.3/092 B 21
LC ClassTK140.T4 C47 2001

Tesla: Man Out of Time (ISBN 0743215362) is a 2001 biography of Nikola Tesla by Margaret Cheney.


Tesla: Man Out of Time describes the life of Nikola Tesla (1856–1943), the Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist. Margaret Cheney's narrative details Tesla's childhood during the 1850s and 1860s in the then Austro-Hungarian Empire, his 1884 arrival in New York, becoming American citizen in 1891, his inventions and contributions to engineering, up to his death New York at age 86 during the middle of World War II in 1943. The book is focused largely on Tesla's personality and not his inventions.


  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. Modern Prometheus
  4. A Gambling Man
  5. Immigrants of Distinction
  6. At the Court of Mr Edison
  7. The War of the Currents Begins
  8. Order of the Flaming Sword
  9. Radio
  10. High Society
  11. High Road Low Road
  12. Robots
  13. Hurler of Lightning
  14. Blackout at Colorado
  15. Magnificent and Doomed
  16. Ridiculed Condemned Combatted
  17. The Great Radio Controversy
  18. Midstream Perils
  19. The Nobel Affair
  20. Flying Stove
  21. Radar
  22. The Guest of Honor
  23. Pigeons
  24. Transitions
  25. The Birthday Parties
  26. Corks on Water
  27. Cosmic Communion
  28. Death and Transfiguration
  29. The Missing Papers
  30. The Legacy
  31. Bibliographical Essay
  32. Reference Notes
  33. Postscript
  34. Index

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