Measuring the world
Recently I have been reading science fiction books. Not the Isaac Asimov types, but fictional stories which are loosely based on scientists.
The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth Trilogy was an excellent series with stories about Kepler, Newton, Galileo and Einstein.
Another book which I’ve just finished is Measuring the World, which portrays the lives of Gauss and Humboldt. I have to say, I love these kinds of books. As I progress through my life as a graduate student, it’s nice to read about the lives of other scientists (even though if they are through a fictional account).
I wouldn’t say these books inspire me, but they do give me fodder for thought.
Measuring the World was even made into a movie. Here’s the link to the trailer.