[Review] Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

Never judge a book by its cover, they say. To this, I can only add: never judge a book by the number of its pages, and often, by the reviews it gets. My verdict: 5/5

Despite its limited number of pages and its relatively lightweight, or, as some of the reviews called it shallow at times, and self-help edifying at others, tone, the book deserves its place in the reader's hands. This tiny piece (more of a long-read article, really) is perfect for the next flight or train ride. Instead of swiping through Instagram or Facebook, do yourselves a favor and go through it. You won't be sorry.

When it comes to the life of Nikola Tesla, there is a lot of apocryphal stories going around, especially when it comes to his war with Thomas Edison. Some go as far as to claim that Tesla was Edison's slave and was left to die in misery, while the real story is somewhat different. While he died alone, and under-appreciated for many of his visionary ideas and inventions, I don't think that Tesla had a particularly sad life. Quite the opposite. He was a man of extraordinary imagination, which I am sure kept him satisfied, despite the humble surroundings he was living in, and gave him motivation to continue. As a proponent of open-source science and engineering myself, I can only relate to that. Often, it is not the monetary prosperity that motivates you in life, but the chance to discover something that has an impact on the entire humanity. Even at the cost of someone else getting the recognition and appreciation for your discovery.And yes, Nikola Tesla did participate in the development of an electric car - back in 1930: