George O. Smith’s 1958 The Path of Unreason is a stand-alone science fiction novel.
Like so many brilliant physicists before him, James Carroll set out to solve the enigma of superluminal “Lawson radiation.” Like so many before him, the quest led to a total mental breakdown. The former genius was reduced to near-catatonia, rejecting attempts at communication with a simple “no.”
Carroll seems beyond help. But appearances can be deceiving. Perhaps it is the world that is beyond help.