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Author Topic: Top Mad Scientists Ever!  (Read 3073 times)
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« on: August 21, 2008, 09:38:43 pm »

They (popular mechanics) selected "Top Mad Scientists" with bio's.  Some real some fictional.  (Well, they claim these chaps are mad, ha, tha be just another word for genius!)

To quote, "The selection criteria for entry into the Hall of Fame is a simple measurement of genius and madness: Inductees were chosen based on their slippery grasp on reality, mind-blowing discoveries, and killer inventions..."

Delighted to see that Nikola Tesla was on top followed by the good Dr. Frankenstein!   Do y'all agree with their list?

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List of top 5 under this spoiler

 
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 09:40:05 pm »

Absolutely, but I would add the Rani to that list somewhere.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008, 09:41:25 pm »


No Egon Spengler?


The things he did in the name of science...
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008, 09:42:29 pm »

Where's Leonardo da Vinci?  Angry
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 09:46:51 pm »

No Egon Spengler?
"Egon, is this like that time you tried to drill a hole in your head?"
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008, 11:40:04 pm »

I don´t see why Madame Curie is in there, what did she ever do that was mad? Did they just need a woman? Jack Parsons also deserves a mention.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2008, 11:41:53 pm »

I don´t see why Madame Curie is in there, what did she ever do that was mad? Did they just need a woman? Jack Parsons also deserves a mention.

She was a woman who pursued science. At the time, that was mad.
She also irradiated herself. Cheesy Her notes and journals are still radioactive.
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2008, 11:45:02 pm »

Where is Doctor Steel? Wink
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2008, 11:47:42 pm »

I don´t see why Madame Curie is in there, what did she ever do that was mad? Did they just need a woman? Jack Parsons also deserves a mention.


Did you never see that Simpsons episode where Bart imagines the fate of the Curies' following their exposure to Radium

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P.S. - Much kudos for JW Parsons mention though... have you read the biography?
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2008, 11:50:31 pm »

I mostly know Parsons thanks to the article on him in Fortean Times. Which also had a great picture of him.
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2008, 11:56:30 pm »

I mostly know Parsons thanks to the article on him in Fortean Times. Which also had a great picture of him.


This is the book you should track down for all manner of strangeitude about JWP



Properly mad scientist into black magic and everything... and a friend of Aleister Crowley as well as a certain chap who went on to form Scientology something completely unrelated.
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2008, 02:26:41 pm »

Oh I am so getting "Sex and Rockets" book mentioned by neon_suntan!  Thanks for noting it!   

Egon Spengler:  Heh, I love the hole drilling line.  As an aside; I was watching the first ghost busters a while ago with the commentary on and learnt that it was orginally designed to be set in a wild weird Old Western setting.  That would have been a hoot.   Grin

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As fer lady scientists that qualify (besides the Doc I suppose), there not be that many and none that I would feel great about in a top spot.  One could nominate Tania Frankenstein
 possibly Elexis Sinclaire (CEO of SinTEK Industries), maybe Kimiyo Hoshi, or even Dr. Blight (from capt. planet).

Oh course this topic of differential rates between da genders has been researched:

"Why aren't more women plotting to take over the world, create weapons of mass destruction, or steal Austin Powers's mojo? A recent report by the National Academy of Sinister Sciences shows that evil male scientists outnumber evil female scientists 100 to 1 as tallied by...."   with a conclusion of, "But with more and more young evil women scientists choosing to exploit their malevolence in more lucrative careers in law, financial management, and government, progress promises to be slow."    Grin

Link to that short article

Still it was fun to see such a list appear at a normally rather mundane aether site.
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2008, 03:42:16 pm »

Good list.
Though I don't think Tesla was the maddest of the lot. Wink
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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2008, 03:10:09 am »

Only problem with my screen name is replying in topics like this.  Wink

I like their choices...though if you include fictional people I don't doubt you could find far madder examples than the Curies, Simpsons episodes notwithstanding.

As far as Tesla's madness, he had some definite symptoms of what today would likely be diagnosed as OCD, possibly with bipolar.  Wasn't easy being him.  Sad Though today, he'd be given a bunch of medications and who's to say whether his work would have been as fascinating under those conditions...just a thought.
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2008, 07:32:14 am »

As fer lady scientists that qualify (besides the Doc I suppose), there not be that many and none that I would feel great about in a top spot.


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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2008, 12:38:25 pm »


"Why aren't more women plotting to take over the world, create weapons of mass destruction, or steal Austin Powers's mojo? A recent report by the National Academy of Sinister Sciences shows that evil male scientists outnumber evil female scientists 100 to 1 as tallied by...."   with a conclusion of, "But with more and more young evil women scientists choosing to exploit their malevolence in more lucrative careers in law, financial management, and government, progress promises to be slow."    Grin


1. Because we're less likely to go around telling everyone the details of our infernal machinations. Hint: don't tell the trussed-up hero the location of the off-switch for your Destructacon-1million until after he's had his head steam-lasered off. Trust me. No good ever came from sharing your plans with anyone in you dungeon.

2. Because like Lady Macbeth, we may be, ah, "encouraging" our Significant Others into the Arch Generallisimo Father of the People Beloved Ruler role. then usurp him when he's done the hard work for us

3. Who says we're not well on the way to ruling the world already? Just using a lot more subtle, devious techniques than perhaps you would've thought of.
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2008, 03:42:36 pm »

1. Because we're less likely to go around telling everyone the details of our infernal machinations. Hint: don't tell the trussed-up hero the location of the off-switch for your Destructacon-1million until after he's had his head steam-lasered off. Trust me. No good ever came from sharing your plans with anyone in you dungeon.

Further hint: DO tell him where the big red button labelled "Main power" that will trigger a gruesome death for whoever pushes it is. Those are so fun. Make sure the area around it is secured so that he can't get into anything that's actually important, and monitor him at all times.

2. Because like Lady Macbeth, we may be, ah, "encouraging" our Significant Others into the Arch Generallisimo Father of the People Beloved Ruler role. then usurp him when he's done the hard work for us

No, no, no! Never usurp him. He's the one the assassins will come after. Instead, your job is to attach the puppet strings.

3. Who says we're not well on the way to ruling the world already? Just using a lot more subtle, devious techniques than perhaps you would've thought of.

In total agreement here. The true diabolical genius won't announce his plans for domination or try to hold the world hostage. There'll be an announcement through usual press release channels after it's happened.

Back on topic: He might not be steamy or well-known, but I have to nominate Ted Talyor. not only does he have the undeniable advantage of being non-fictional, but he's the only person who ever lit a cigarette with a nuclear weapon. That single incident has all the earmarks: Creativity, technical know-how (the bomb was primarily his baby), panache, poise, and an almost (but not quite) recklessly cavalier attitude toward weapons of mass destruction.
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2008, 06:54:45 pm »

1. Because we're less likely to go around telling everyone the details of our infernal machinations. Hint: don't tell the trussed-up hero the location of the off-switch for your Destructacon-1million until after he's had his head steam-lasered off. Trust me. No good ever came from sharing your plans with anyone in you dungeon.


Monologing!    Grin     The Doc does have a bit of weakness for it, but ah well, not a major problem as long as she does not handle security.


Further hint: DO tell him where the big red button labelled "Main power" that will trigger a gruesome death for whoever pushes it is. Those are so fun. Make sure the area around it is secured so that he can't get into anything that's actually important, and monitor him at all times.


Nice touch if yer gots the space for it. 
Dead ends are supposed to be just that.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2008, 07:00:47 pm »

Hmmm...  I don't know.
If my wife is any indication, women would not only be more prone to "monologing" they would also ask the protagonist about thier feelings on the subject. 
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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2008, 03:44:12 am »

Hmmm...  I don't know.
If my wife is any indication, women would not only be more prone to "monologing" they would also ask the protagonist about thier feelings on the subject. 
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