Wright Brothers
Rahul Sarpeshkar, Thomas E. Kurtz Professor, William H. Neukom Computational Science Cluster; Professor of Engineering, Professor of Physics; Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough chronicles how two men with no college education and modest means persevered through heroic odds with vision, courage, imaginative and practical engineering genius, and masterful scientific observations of birds in windy Kitty Hawk to pioneer flight for all mankind. The book begins slowly and then literally takes flight: the suspense that culminates in the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year of the twentieth century spans the Atlantic from Dayton to Le Mans and exceeds that of a best-selling fictional thriller. This masterpiece is so inspiring and has such an insightful eye for emotional and factual detail that I simply could not resist reading it all over again.