Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 18:00
W. Bernard Carlson, Prof of Science and Technology, School of Engineering and Applied Science

In “Tesla,” Carlson examines the life and work of celebrity scientist Nikola Tesla. While many have glamorized Tesla and his eccentricities, Carlson offers an honest look at the what, how and why behind his inventions.


Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the 20th century. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America’s first celebrity scientists, cultivating a public image of the eccentric genius.

Carlson is professor of science, technology, and society in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is also the author of “Technology in the World History” and “Innovation as a Social Process: Elihu Thomson and the Rise of General Electric, 1870-1900.”

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