What a lovely book.
Anyone who even has a passing interest in science fact, history, fiction and friction should go get a copy.
I would go further and suggest it become a standard textbook for any science 101 classes in school.
Immensely readable, it packs so much intertwined history anecdotes that you feel that all the scientists of the 20th century worked in the same lab.
To give a poignant example I would provide the example of Zyklon-B.
It was a derivative of Zyklon-A developed by a german scientist trying to develop gas weapons for use against the French in WWI. He was Jewish.
Oh the humanity.
Go get it.