"Uncommonly brilliant and deeply stimulating...
almost cinematically satisfying. Harman has a rare gift for bringing ideas and thinkers to life
" (Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic)
"I stayed up a good part of the night reading...
fascinating! ... Harman proves that the lives of some modern scientists are as ecstatic, tormented and filled with strange visions as those of medieval saints" (Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind)
"A terrific book, at once scholarly and impossible to put down
" (Peter Godfrey-Smith, professor of philosophy at Harvard University)
"Beautifully written, Harman's book does justice both to its sensitive subject matter and to the life of a very special, complex and ultimately tragic man." (Waterstone's Books Quarterly
"A masterfully told story that edifies while it engages, this book is in the same class as Sylvia Nasar's A Beautiful Mind
and could be as popular." (American Library Journal
The completely compelling biography of a remarkable man, and his search for the origins of kindness.