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American Experience : Tesla

Author: Infobase,; PBS (Firm)
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : PBS, New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, [2016] 2018. ©2016
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nikola Tesla has come to be seen by many as a tragic figure, a visionary engineer who died impoverished and largely forgotten, eclipsed by names such as Thomas Edison and Gugielmo Marconi. A tireless inventor who registered numerous patents and developed many working prototypes, Tesla would become most famous for his dazzling demonstrations. Audiences flocked to see him send thousands of volts of electricity pulsing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Internet videos
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Infobase,; PBS (Firm)
OCLC Number: 1083931286
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally released by PBS, 2016.
Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on December 04, 2018.
Target Audience: 9 - 12, Academic/AP
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (53 min., 2 sec)) : sound, color.
Contents: Introduction: American Experience: Tesla (2:04); Tesla Seeks Thomas Edison (4:43); Tesla's Childhood (4:17); Tesla Creates AC Motor (4:48); Edison Hires Tesla (3:51); George Westinghouse (3:58); Tesla Coil and Cold Light (4:36); Fame and Phobias (5:20); Tesla's Reputation (4:33); Radio Undermines Tesla (7:11); Tesla's Later Life (3:50); Tesla's Legacy (2:48); Credits: American Experience: Tesla (0:47);
Responsibility: PBS.

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Nikola Tesla has come to be seen by many as a tragic figure, a visionary engineer who died impoverished and largely forgotten, eclipsed by names such as Thomas Edison and Gugielmo Marconi. A tireless inventor who registered numerous patents and developed many working prototypes, Tesla would become most famous for his dazzling demonstrations. Audiences flocked to see him send thousands of volts of electricity pulsing through his body, dazzled by the spectacle of the inventor seemingly on fire. Even more read about his claims of receiving signals from outer space and his plans for using the earth's natural charge to distribute free electricity. Tesla, the strange wizard and mad scientist, overtook Tesla the brilliant engineer, the seer of the wireless world we now live in. Lost in the spectacular rise and fall was the real man, a consummate inventor and dedicated engineer. That his ideas ricocheted from tangible inventions to projections of a future with head-spinning possibilities only partly explained his downfall. Yet it was his technology that helped drive the electrical age in the 20th century, and his vision that imagined the wireless world of the 21st century. American Experience: Tesla chronicles the life of a man whose ideas revolutionized his time and ours.

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