Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century by Sean Patrick

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

If you want to learn about one of history’s most fascinating minds and uncover some of his secrets of imagination—secrets that enabled him to invent machines light years ahead of his time and literally bring light to the world—then you want to read this book.Imagination amplifies and colors every other element of genius, and unlocks our potential for understanding and abil...

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  • Marie Segares

    This is a difficult book to rate. Essentially, it is a series of 3 short essays. The first essay explores the meaning and cause of genius, and ends by discussing Dr. Alfred Barrios's concept of a "genius code," and specifically, the characteristic of imagination. The second essay is a case study of Tesla, focused on his imagination. The third essay/conclusion touches upon creativity. Following this essay is a preview of Sean Patrick's other book, Awakening Your Inner Genius.

    All three essays are

    This is a difficult book to rate. Essentially, it is a series of 3 short essays. The first essay explores the meaning and cause of genius, and ends by discussing Dr. Alfred Barrios's concept of a "genius code," and specifically, the characteristic of imagination. The second essay is a case study of Tesla, focused on his imagination. The third essay/conclusion touches upon creativity. Following this essay is a preview of Sean Patrick's other book, Awakening Your Inner Genius.

    All three essays are well written, compelling, and informative. But... the title of the book (and the cover) suggests that this is a biography of Tesla. While the second essay does share a chronology of Tesla's work and his inventions, it is quite brief. This book feels like a trailer for another book of Patrick's, and as a result, there's a certain disappointment I had as a reader. If the title was Genius, Imagination, and Creativity: A Case Study of Tesla, I would have really enjoyed it. In a sense, Patrick sets up his readers to expect a completely different book, and inevitably, that leads to distress.

    If you're interested in a series of short essays on genius and creativity, this is a great place to start. If you're looking for a full biography of Tesla, look elsewhere.

  • Jessaka

    After reading reviews on "Hillbilly Elegy" I thought of this book and wanted to re-read parts of it to make a review, to try to counteract the falsehoods displayed in the Elegy book.

    Here are some quotes:

    "There are millions of people that work incredibly hard yet have little success to show for it. Is ten thousand hours too simple of a prescription for greatness?

    Yes, it overlooks another aspect of great achievement that cannot be ignored: opportunities-conditions that often appear to be plain old

    After reading reviews on "Hillbilly Elegy" I thought of this book and wanted to re-read parts of it to make a review, to try to counteract the falsehoods displayed in the Elegy book.

    Here are some quotes:

    "There are millions of people that work incredibly hard yet have little success to show for it. Is ten thousand hours too simple of a prescription for greatness?

    Yes, it overlooks another aspect of great achievement that cannot be ignored: opportunities-conditions that often appear to be plain old dumb luck."

    "Being in the right place (physical, educational, societal, or otherwise) at the right time can influence our destinies as much as anything else."

    "Why do some people rise to greatness whereas some people don't? Factors outside of the geniuses' control. Things like lineage, birthright, geography, genetics, education, familiar ties, upbringing, and unexpected windfall."

  • Eric

    What a wonderful surprise! Sean Patrick has written a book here that everyone should read. You will be inspired. Read it and inspire your children. If you are a teacher, read it and inspire your students.

    Admittedly, this book is more about what drives a genius and their imagination then it is a book about Tesla. If you want an in depth study of the life of Tesla, get another book. (You shouldn't expect any book to be in depth at just a little over 100 pages.)

    Well done, Sean Patrick!

  • Tania

    I agree with the reviewer who points out that this is not a full biography of Tesla, and I too thought that it would be when I started reading. That did not take away from my enjoyment of the book, though.

    Nikola Tesla is a fascinating man, and his accomplishements were many (and often misattributed). This book provides an overview of Tesla and what he accomplished, as well as an in-depth analysis of why he didn't accomplish more. It goes one step further, which is to share with the readers just

    I agree with the reviewer who points out that this is not a full biography of Tesla, and I too thought that it would be when I started reading. That did not take away from my enjoyment of the book, though.

    Nikola Tesla is a fascinating man, and his accomplishements were many (and often misattributed). This book provides an overview of Tesla and what he accomplished, as well as an in-depth analysis of why he didn't accomplish more. It goes one step further, which is to share with the readers just how men of Tesla's greatness can fail to reach their full potential, using him as the case study for this main point.

    The e-book is well-formatted and easy to read, the material is interesting, and it is short and to the point. It may not tell you the whole story of Tesla, but the story that it does tell sheds a lot of light on his backstory and the outcome of his life. Those striving for greatness can take quite a bit away from the points that are made throughout this book.

  • Kel

    Firstly, if you are considering reading this book because you want to know about the life and works of Nikola Tesla then I suggest you go to wikipedia instead. This book offers no real insight or narrative on Tesla's life. It's basically a bullet-point chronology of Tesla's life with a few extra words thrown in.

    I was looking for a book about Nikola Tesla, instead what I got was a three part book that barely did more than chronologise Tesla's inventions.

    Part 1 or the introduction as I originally

    Firstly, if you are considering reading this book because you want to know about the life and works of Nikola Tesla then I suggest you go to wikipedia instead. This book offers no real insight or narrative on Tesla's life. It's basically a bullet-point chronology of Tesla's life with a few extra words thrown in.

    I was looking for a book about Nikola Tesla, instead what I got was a three part book that barely did more than chronologise Tesla's inventions.

    Part 1 or the introduction as I originally mistook it to be is all about how IQ, determination and opportunities relate to success told through several sporting analogies, references and examples.

    Part 2 was a fleshed out chronology of Tesla's inventions.

    Part 3 was all about 'The Secret to Creativity'.

    Then there's a good amount of self-promotion for the author's other books 'Awakening Your Inner Genius' and 'Alexander the Great: The Macedonian Who Conquered the World'. How much that last book has to do with Alexander the Great is anyone's guess.

    I was very disappointed with this book.

  • Kyle

    Worthless self-help drivel packaged up to look like a biography of a great scientist.

    I could do a similar thing and write a "biography" of a historical politician by pasting

    on the pages within. To hide the fact I created a sham I might provide around 3 pages of biography scattered within; the first website I find on the internet would be the obvious source for such important historical information regarding the "subject" of my book. Yes... not only will

    Worthless self-help drivel packaged up to look like a biography of a great scientist.

    I could do a similar thing and write a "biography" of a historical politician by pasting

    on the pages within. To hide the fact I created a sham I might provide around 3 pages of biography scattered within; the first website I find on the internet would be the obvious source for such important historical information regarding the "subject" of my book. Yes... not only will this be a valuable use of my time, I will have the vaunted title of 'author.' I could even do it over and over again in order to claim I have "published numerous books!" I'm such a genius, I should even think about writing a book about myself one day!

  • Troy Blackford

    This book gets dinged for being a succinct biography of Tesla wrapped in a loaf of self-help tinged ruminations on 'genius.' But it is a quick read and an interesting one, regardless.

    Nearly a third of the book goes by before mentioning Tesla, and the first twenty percent of it is essentially a summarization of thoughts from Malcolm Gladwell. The last fourteen percent of the book is information about the author's other books.

    But the ruminations on genius aren't completely without merit. The probl

    This book gets dinged for being a succinct biography of Tesla wrapped in a loaf of self-help tinged ruminations on 'genius.' But it is a quick read and an interesting one, regardless.

    Nearly a third of the book goes by before mentioning Tesla, and the first twenty percent of it is essentially a summarization of thoughts from Malcolm Gladwell. The last fourteen percent of the book is information about the author's other books.

    But the ruminations on genius aren't completely without merit. The problem comes from the fact that the title and cover of the book lead one to think this is a book solely about Tesla.

    For the large middle section, however, it is. A longer, more focused book would undoubtedly have more information. After reading this, and learning about Tesla, I am now certain I want to read a book like that. But I appreciate this book for teaching me a lot I didn't know about the man, and above all for making me want to read a longer book about him.

    Sure, I could have learned more from a longer book that stuck to the topic of the man's life and accomplishments better than this book did. But until I read this quick and informative - if initially wandering - book, I did not realize that I wanted to read about Tesla in such depth. So for that realization, and the fascinating facts revealed, I am not as against this book as some of the other readers are.

    I understand their feelings of being misled, but for me, I am just glad to have the door to this man's life and inventions opened a crack. Now I know I want to go in.

  • Laura

    What a waste of time!!

    First of all, the author makes an introduction showing some "hints"about IQ and imagination. So what?

    By following, he writes a very abridged report of Tesla's scientific accomplishments without making any kind of reference.

    And then he claims that it was Tesla who discovered the X rays and not Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen!!! Perhaps the author never ever heard about the

    which was awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden

    What a waste of time!!

    First of all, the author makes an introduction showing some "hints"about IQ and imagination. So what?

    By following, he writes a very abridged report of Tesla's scientific accomplishments without making any kind of reference.

    And then he claims that it was Tesla who discovered the X rays and not Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen!!! Perhaps the author never ever heard about the

    which was awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden!!!

    By saying this, the author underestimates the reader's general knowledge in this matter which is not my case since I am a physicist.

    Dear author, please do some research work before you start to write such amount of non sense!!

    Even if I haven't read the book,

    by Margaret Cheney which is quite often referred on Tesla's life. I will certainly read it now.

    In addition, there is his autobiography also,

    that must be check it out.

  • Nada Khaled
  • Yousif Al Zeera

    As mentioned in a lot of reviews, the first third of the book is nothing about Tesla but rather some nice discussion and summary on the 10,000 rule.

    But I have to say that the Tesla part is good. I mean maybe not great but a very good way to be introduced to this incredible guy. I liked how the author mentioned the intricacies of Tesla's relationship with key people at the time (Thomas Edison and JP Morgan).

    P.S. You may start hating Edison after reading this book.


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