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By Robert I. Sutherland-Cohen 

Illustrated by Owen Brozman

Foreward by Jane Alcorn

ISBN-13: 978-1-939994-48-6
Price: US $15.95
6x9, 160 pp
eBook ISBN: 978-1-939994-49-3
eBook Price: US $15.95
November 18, 2016


Biographies/ Scientists/ Engineering Reference/ History

B/W Illustrations

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Master of invention Nikola Tesla, possessed of a prodigious memory and deep-seated phobias, has left a vast and intriguing legacy. He was a physicist, mathematician, electrical engineer, writer of verse, and extensively published author. His nearly 300 patents resulted in an astonishing array of household and industrial inventions. Others were little more than wide-eyed dreams, and still more await development today.

Tesla For Beginners reveals the man of genius and idiosyncrasy behind alternating current and wireless technologies who traveled from Serbia by steamship and arrived in the United States in 1884 with four cents in his pocket and a well-lit vision of the future.


Robert I. Sutherland-Cohen, a polymath and long-time Tesla enthusiast, is associate professor (emeritus) of stage management and production manager at Brooklyn College in New York. He has worked as a stage manager for some of America’s most prestigious companies on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theater, as well as the New York City Opera. He has written extensively on stage production and is a widely published jazz performance photographer as well. Robert has a B.S. in mathematics from Northeastern University and an M.F.A. in directing from Boston University.


Owen Brozman is the illustrator of the New York Times best-seller You Have to Fucking Eat (Akashic, 2014); the acclaimed graphic novel Nature of the Beast (Soft Skull Press, 2009); and, in this series, Ayn Rand For Beginners (2009). Other publications and clients include National Geographic, Scholastic, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Time Out New York, Ninja Tune Records, and many others. Owen lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and daughter. You can see more of his work at


A book that is not only for beginners, but for anyone who wants to learn more about Tesla’s life and work. There is a lot of inaccurate information floating around, but this author has done a very good job of telling a true story. Tesla For Beginners will play a major role in getting the world to understand Tesla’s vision for the future.

—Nikola Lonchar, President/Founder, Tesla Science Foundation


In this work of graphic nonfiction, students of any age can find solid information and background about a genius who gave so much to the world.

—from the Foreword by Jane Alcorn, President of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe

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