National History Day Works Cited

Topics: Nikola Tesla, Rotating magnetic field, Alternating current Pages: 2 (334 words) Published: February 18, 2013
DGabe Kenworthy
Mrs. Echols
AP U.S History-3rd
6 December 2012
Annotated Bibliography
Primary Sources:

Tesla, Nikola, and David Hatcher Childress. The Fantastic Inventions of Nikola Tesla. New York: Adventures Unlimited P, 1993.

This helpful book had descriptions and drawings of many of Tesla’s inventions and patents as well as providing modern descriptions and applications. It showed me how Tesla designed new devices to meet the challenges society was facing at the time.

Tesla, Nikola. Apparatus for Transmitting Electrical Energy. Patent 1,119,732. 1914.

This patent covered Tesla’s concept for the tower at Wardenclyffe. He designed it to wirelessly transmit energy to all corners of the Earth. The diagrams were very useful to look at to try to figure out exactly how he planned to accomplish that objective.

Tesla, Nikola. Electro Magnetic Motor. Patent 382.279. 1888.

This was Tesla’s most influential patent, the original AC induction motor. It was the first AC motor introduced in the world and was the driving force behind the switch from DC to AC power. It was also a central patent that Westinghouse’s company revolved around. It was very helpful to look at the diagrams and read Tesla’s description in order to understand how he planned to convert America to AC power and why he was trying to do it.

Secondary Sources:

Cheney, Margaret. Tesla: Man Out of Time. New York: Barnes & Noble, Inc., 1981.

This book served as an overview biography of Tesla’s life. It was a very helpful read that was also filled with small, interesting pieces of knowledge and quotes and also worked well in conjunction with Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla.

"New Energy, Early Pioneers - Nikola Tesla." Alternative Energy Institute. 15 Feb. 2009 <>.

This online article provided an overview of Tesla’s life from an alternative perspective while...
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