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Great Minds; Troubled Lives

Philip W. Henry
The list author says: "Everyone knows something about Isaac Newton (Laws of Motion, gravity); Einstein (Relativity) and Gallileo (astronomy, telescopes)
What about some of the other great minds....like James Clerk Maxwell (electromagnetism); Lord Kelvin (temperature,"degrees Kelvin") and Alan Turing (the "Turing Machine," a precursor to the modern computer? Turing helped the Allies break the code of the German "Enigma" machine, but his sexual orientation caused him to lose his security clearance. He committed suicide. J. Robert Oppenheimer was a gifted physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb, but his political leanings caused trouble in later life. Norbert Wiener was anoher Wunderkind who got his PhD at age 18 and is credited with inventing cybernetics, but he too was troubled by the downside of technology. Ludwig Wittgenstein was a genuine philosophical genius.. but he, too was troubled. Two of his brothers committted suicide. Nikola Tesla invented radio, but Marconi got the patent, the Nobel Prize, and the fame. Tesla, who lived alone in rented hotel rooms until he died at 86, fed pigeons in the park and would only stay in hotel rooms whose numbers were divisible by three. He had a pathological fear of women wearing pearl earings. He was friends with Mark Twain and enemies with Thomas Edison, who screwed him out of his reputation and fortune.
Once when Edison reneged on a lucrative financial deal, Tesla quit and went to work digging ditches...for the Edison Electric Company."
Degrees Kelvin:: A Tale of Genius, Invention, and Tragedy
Degrees Kelvin:: A Tale of Genius, Invention, and Tragedy
"A mathematical prodigy, William Thompson was educated at home, entered Cambridge at age 10, and became a full professor at 22. He taught at the University of Glasgow for 50 years, experimenting with thermodynamics and developing "absolute zero.""
Lord Kelvin: The Dynamic Victorian
Lord Kelvin: The Dynamic Victorian
Euler's Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology
Euler's Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology
The Genius of Euler: Reflections on his Life and Work (Spectrum)
The Genius of Euler: Reflections on his Life and Work (Spectrum)
Alan Turing: The Enigma
Alan Turing: The Enigma
"Alan Turing was a troubled genius who helped break the so-called unbreakable "Enigma" coding machine in World War II. His work set the stage for modern computer science. Tragically, he committed suicide when his sexual orientation was used to revoke his security clearance."
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
"Fictional treatment of the lives of Alan Turing and kurt Godel."
A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein
A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius
"Wittgenstein was a Genuine Genius: a mathematics prodigy, protogee of Bertrand Russell, and original philosopher."
Wittgenstein's Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics, Cambridge, 1939
Wittgenstein's Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics, Cambridge, 1939
Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics
Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics
Judging Edward Teller: A Closer Look at One of the Most Influential Scientists of the Twentieth Century
Judging Edward Teller: A Closer Look at One of the Most Influential Scientists of the Twentieth Century
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
"Oppenheimer was another genuine genius, gifted in physics and mathematics. As one of the developers of the Atomic Bomb, Oppenheimer was later persecuted for his political views."
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Shatterer of Worlds
Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science
Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War
The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War
"Talk about dysfunctional. Two of Wittgenstein's brothers committed suicide, another was killled in WWI, and another was a gifted concert pianist, although he only had one arm."
They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge
They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge
Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla
Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla
"Nikola Tesla beat Marconi off the starting blocks to develop radio, but Marconi was awarded the patent and the Nobel Prize.O'Neill's book, written in the 1940's, has the advantage of being written by a man who knew tesla personally."
Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius (Citadel Press Book)
Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius (Citadel Press Book)
"Because of his eccentric personality and his seemingly unbelievable and sometimes bizarre claims about possible scientific and technological developments, Tesla was ultimately ostracized and regarded as a mad scientist by many late in his life"
The Strange Life of Nikola Tesla
The Strange Life of Nikola Tesla
Cybernetics, Second Edition: or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine
Cybernetics, Second Edition: or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine
Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener The Father of Cybernetics
Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Wiener The Father of Cybernetics
"Another math prodigy( college at 10,PhD at 18), Wiener was a professor at MIT who in the 1940's proposed the intellectual foundation of computers and invented cybernetics. He became disillusioned with the politicization of science during the cold war."
Tesla: Man Out of Time
Tesla: Man Out of Time
Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Madmen: A Social History of Madhouses, Mad Doctors & Lunatics (Revealing History)
Madmen: A Social History of Madhouses, Mad Doctors & Lunatics (Revealing History)
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century
Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century
Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age
Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age
"William Shockley was one of three scientists who received the Nobel Prize for inventing the semi-conductor, the building block of computers. Although well respected professionally, in later life Shockley became engrossed in Eugenics and issues of racial intelligence, causing him to be shunned by many former colleagues."
A Beautiful Mind (Widescreen)(2001)
A Beautiful Mind (Widescreen)(2001)
"The story of John Nash, a brilliant scientist who won the Nobel Prize for Mathematics, and who suffered from schizophrenia."