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The Greatest Geek

Richard Barnett: Nikola Tesla

5 February 2015
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age 
by W. Bernard Carlson.
Princeton, 520 pp., £19.95, April 2015, 978 0 691 05776 7
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... but fatal angle, causing the beam to miss Peary’s base at Ellesmere Island, cross the Polar region over into Siberia, and hit the Stony Tunguska instead. Reading this passage in the spirit of BernardCarlson’s assiduous, endlessly patient biography, we might respond in twoways. Taking the claim at face value, we could list the many good reasons why Tesla couldn’t possibly have caused the ...

Memoirs of a Pet Lamb

David Sylvester: A Memoir

5 July 2001
... I cannot recall the crucial incident itself, can only remember how I cringed when my parents told me about it, proudly, some years later, when I was about nine or ten. We had gone to a tea-shop on boat-race day where a lady had kindly asked whether I was Oxford or Cambridge. I had answered: ‘I’m a Jew.’A good deal of indoctrination must have gone into that. Did ...

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