A genius to rival Edison, a personality as intriguing as Tesla, Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a key figure in creating the modern world.
Thomas Alva Edison and Nikola Tesla have the glory, but the greatest electrical wizard of them all was Charles Proteus Steinmetz. Revered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a genius, but largely forgotten today, Steinmetz made the modern world possible through his revolutionary work on AC electricity transmission, the technology underlying today’s power grid. More than just a great scientist and engineer, Steinmetz was also one of the most colourful characters in American life.
Standing just four feet tall with a pronounced spine curvature, Steinmetz was as well known for his fiery political opinions, his fierce advocacy for social progress and education, his unusual home life, and his private menagerie as for his technical achievements. The first full biography of Steinmetz in many years, Charles Proteus Steinmetz: The Electrical Wizard of Schenectady brings the life, passions, and scientific achievement of this remarkable man to a new generation.
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About the Author
Robert W. Bly is the author of over 95 books on science, technology, business, marketing, copywriting, science fiction, and popular culture. Bly holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Before becoming a freelance writer, he was a technical writer for Westinghouse.
"A very fun, informative and interesting story about an amazing man and how he invented many things that helped make it possible to enjoy the benefits of electricity in our everyday lives today." --Jim Turner, President, Electronic Security Specialists & Cabling Company & MedixSafe
"Well written, fascinating to read, and full of interesting details about Steinmetz and other scientists and engineers. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in science, engineering, or in the history of either." --Richard H. Heist, Ph.D., Senior Vice President Emeritus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
"An encompassing overview of the man, his time, and his inventions that were pursued in the exciting age of electrification of America and the world. Fascinating description of how he overcame his physical handicaps, and of his contacts with the likes of Tesla and Edison." --Stanislav Jakuba, retired engineer, MIT '70 graduate