Great post. I'm currently reading American Prometheus, a Pulitzer prize winning biography of J Robert Oppenheimer, the father and creator of the atomic bomb.
Really really good book. There's not one equation in it...it's written for the layman...but the actual story is amazing.
It's insane to think about how smart those guys were who worked at Los Alamos. They didn't have calculators, or computers, or email, or the Internet, yet in a little less than 2 years they created an atomic bomb on paper.
It was tested once, and then dropped on Japan less than a month later.
Can you imagine such an undertaking today?
Anyway, Oppenheimer was incredibly talented. He wrote poetry, painted, knew 6 languages, read original Hindu poetry in its native language, studied in Europe...and oh yeah, was the greatest physics mind ever.
It's a good book, I highly suggest it.