Nikola Tesla Articles

This is a collection of autobiographical articles written by Nikola Tesla for The Electrical Experimenter in 1919.

My Inventions
"I am credited with being one of the hardest workers and perhaps I am, if thought is the equivalent of labor, for I have devoted to it almost all of my waking hours. But if work is interpreted to be a definite performance in a specified time according to a rigid rule, then I may be the worst of idlers. Every effort under compulsion demands a sacrifice of life-energy. I never paid such a price. On the contrary, I have thrived on my thoughts."
My First Efforts in Invention
"Alcohol in small quantities is an excellent tonic, but is toxic in its action when absorbed in larger amounts ... Eager reformers should also be mindful of the eternal perversity of mankind which makes the indifferent "laissez-faire" by far preferable to enforced restraint. The truth about this is that we need stimulants to do our best work under present living conditions, and that we must exercise moderation and control our appetites and inclinations in every direction."
My Later Endeavors
"I became obsest with the idea of producing continuous motion thru steady air pressure. The pump incident, of which I have told, had set afire my youthful imagination and imprest me with the boundless possibilities of a vacuum. I grew frantic in my desire to harness this inexhaustible energy but for a long time I was groping in the dark. Finally, however, my endeavors crystallized in an invention which was to enable me to achieve what no other mortal ever attempted."
The Discovery of the Tesla Coil and Transformer
"Mr. Puskas ... offered me a position in Paris which I gladly accepted. I never can forget the deep impression that magic city produced on my mind. For several days after my arrival I roamed thru the streets in utter bewilderment ... I was thrown in contact with a few Americans who fairly fell in love with me because of my proficiency in--billiards. To these men I explained my invention ..."
The Magnifying Transmitter
"I managed to climb a steep mountain, in company with other boys. ... We amused ourselves by throwing snowballs which would roll down a certain distance, gathering more or less snow ... Suddenly a ball was seen to go beyond the limit, swelling to enormous proportions until it became as big as a house and plunged thundering into the valley below ... Ever since that time the magnification of feeble actions fascinated me, and when, years later, I took up the experimental study of mechanical and electrical resonance ..."
The Electrical Experimenter. 1919. Experimenter Publishing. Retrieved from