I wasn't sure you'd see this response in the book thread. Didn't James Burke do a cool PBS show called Connections? I had a chance to meet your intellectual hero at Carleton around 1986. He did a speech in the chapel during convocation, and spent a few days on campus. Somehow I got a chance to speak with him at a dinner. I was impressed with his warmth and enthusiasm, as much as his knowledge. He spoke quickly and looked rather gnomish. Problem is, I don't remember what his speech was on or what I asked him about. Richard Feynman remains my intellectual hero at the moment (though postumously), but I'll have to check out a Burke book. What would you recommend I start with?