Please recommend a book about a famous mathematician or scientist

Something along the lines of:

-Ben Franklin By Walter Isaacson

-Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

-Genius by James Gleick

-The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman

-The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel

-A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

Preferably something I haven't heard of.  Thank you!


Edit: Jay, I've also already read (and thoroughly enjoyed) a number of the books by/about Feynman:

-Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

-What Do You Care What Other People Think?

-The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

-The Meaning of It All


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Not a biography of a single individual but a wonderful read. Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live.