A lively parade of cranks, mystics, rebels, obsessives, and geniuses humble or otherwise whose discoveries and insights shaped today's science and technology. . . . [T]he author realizes them with vivacity, lucidly describing their significant achievements and also drawing connections—between the ideas of Leibnitz in the 17th century and of visionary mathematician Riemann in the 19th to Einstein's in the 20th, for instance. . . . [R]efreshingly opinionated and not without a few pleasant surprises.
-- Kirkus Reviews