We cover a lot of news concerning Tesla Motors and Elon Musk here at Techaeris, but it’s rare we mention Tesla’s namesake Nikola Tesla. For those who aren’t familiar with Nikola Tesla, he lived from 1856 until 1943 and was an engineer, inventor, and futurist. Tesla was responsible for discovering alternating current around the same time Thomas Edison was working on direct current (DC) and the two competed to bring their tech to market with Edison winning in the end. The history between the two men is a long one, too long to go into detail here, but a new book from author John F. Wasik could provide you more insight into the life of Nikola Tesla.
Seventy years after his death, Nikola Tesla has become a rock star. Lightning Strikes examines his complete life and legacy, including Tesla’s profound influence on everything from systems integration to drone warfare. Engineers, entrepreneurs, and academics will find it invaluable not only for the never-before-published interviews and archives, but also for the creative principles that visionaries like Larry Page and Elon Musk have used to build iconic brands and groundbreaking inventions. The book also reveals why the government and business leaders wanted to shut down Tesla’s bold experiments, and how hundreds of his ideas are now being implemented globally—including clean power, robotics, alternating current motors, and wireless transmission of power and information.
The most intriguing part of this book is the included augmented reality app that allows you to scan images in the book giving you a 3D look. The app also includes videos that honor the life and times of Tesla. You can pick the book up on Amazon Prime for $24.95USD right now, seems like a pretty fun gift for any tech geek or nerd.
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