I am looking for something in the area of science biography. Particularly, I enjoy reading about the inner lives of great minds. I'm not really interested in gossipy type info, but more about the personal growth and development of the scientist him/herself that paralleled their work.
I also have an affinity for Renaissance men. DaVinci, Newton and others who though deeply about science and art/theology/philosophy.
Lastly, I love biographies of IDEAS. I found Zero
fascinating and fun. I enjoyed:
The Drunkard's Walk,
Tesla: Man Out of Time,
I Died for Beauty,
The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior
Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the triumph of science
I have NOT enjoyed some of the more popular books on recent scientific topics such as Bursts, The Invisible Gorilla and such. I think my real taste is for timeless ideas and expansive minds, and I prefer when these minds and ideas are presented in well-written, engaging prose.
Suggestions? Fill my bedside table, please!