Science: Superman of the Waldorf

The late Nikola Tesla was a spectacular eccentric scientist and showman. Sure that his name will outlive Thomas Edison's, Tesla's admirers hold that he and Michael Faraday were the greatest electrical discoverers of modern times. Last week one admirer, who according to the inventor himself understood him "better than any man alive," published the first Tesla biography—Prodigal Genius (Ives Washburn; $3.75). The author: John J. O'Neill, science editor of the New York Herald Tribune.

O'Neill, throwing off journalistic reserve, describes Tesla as "a superman—unquestionably one of the world's greatest geniuses." O'Neill credits him...

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