Review of Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla
Marc Seifer was born in February 1948. Seifer is an accomplished author and professor. He is a well-known authority on Nikola Tesla, revolutionary inventor of the late 19th and early 20th century. Seifer, ultimately interested in why Tesla’s wireless enterprise Wardenclyffe failed, has to this date has more than 80 published writings on Tesla. His interest was first made apparent with his 700 page doctorate dissertation titled Nikola Tesla: Psychohistory of a Forgotten Inventor. This, along with 10 more years of research would become one of his most famous publishing, Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla. This book is hailed as a must read for anyone interested in knowing more about Tesla. In it, Seifer is able to combine all of his research into a narrative which ranges from Tesla’s geographical heritage to his post-death influences. Overall, Wizard offers great insight in not only Tesla as the inventor, but also Tesla as man. Through this biography, Seifer expresses the nature of Nikola Tesla and all of the characteristics that make him a man to be remembered. A major emphasis throughout the book is Tesla’s work ethic. Tesla’s most important battles were fought against himself. It is noted time and time again throughout the narrative that the man would immerse himself in his work and would suffer from sleep and food deprivations which induced stress. On one occasion, Seifer writes, “his[Tesla] teachers had written Milutin[his father] warning that the boy was at risk of injuring his health by obsessively long and intense hours of study.”(16) At this stage, Tesla was only working towards a higher education. His condition worsened when he became enlightened in regards to the several projects he would pursue independently. His first major desire became finding a way of harnessing the power of electricity in its raw form. It had become conventional to use Thomas Edison’s Direct Current electricity which...
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