A compilation of observations on science and scientists, these 13 essays from the National Book Award–nominated author of Albert Einstein and Hitler's Uranium Club include critical reviews of books on Einstein, descriptions of the author's encounters with influential scientists, and an attempt to explain Quantum Theory through the use of Tom Stoppard's play Hapgood.
"In writing about scientists and others, like the poets W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender, [Jeremy] Bernstein explores the difference between 'genius' and the 'merely very good.' In an engaging historical digression, he describes how he investigated the circumstances of a portentous meeting between two contemporary geniuses, poet John Donne and astronomer Johannes Kepler in 1619."—Publishers Weekly