The list author says: "Everyone knows something about Isaac Newton (Laws of Motion, gravity); Einstein (Relativity) and Gallileo (astronomy, telescopes) What about some of the other great minds....like James Clerk Maxwell (electromagnetism); Lord Kelvin (temperature,"degrees Kelvin") and Alan Turing (the "Turing Machine," a precursor to the modern computer? Turing helped the Allies break the code of the German "Enigma" machine, but his sexual orientation caused him to lose his security clearance. He committed suicide. J. Robert Oppenheimer was a gifted physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb, but his political leanings caused trouble in later life. Norbert Wiener was anoher Wunderkind who got his PhD at age 18 and is credited with inventing cybernetics, but he too was troubled by the downside of technology. Ludwig Wittgenstein was a genuine philosophical genius.. but he, too was troubled. Two of his brothers committted suicide. Nikola Tesla invented radio, but Marconi got the patent, the Nobel Prize, and the fame. Tesla, who lived alone in rented hotel rooms until he died at 86, fed pigeons in the park and would only stay in hotel rooms whose numbers were divisible by three. He had a pathological fear of women wearing pearl earings. He was friends with Mark Twain and enemies with Thomas Edison, who screwed him out of his reputation and fortune. Once when Edison reneged on a lucrative financial deal, Tesla quit and went to work digging ditches...for the Edison Electric Company."
"A mathematical prodigy, William Thompson was educated at home, entered Cambridge at age 10, and became a full professor at 22. He taught at the University of Glasgow for 50 years, experimenting with thermodynamics and developing "absolute zero.""
"Alan Turing was a troubled genius who helped break the so-called unbreakable "Enigma" coding machine in World War II. His work set the stage for modern computer science. Tragically, he committed suicide when his sexual orientation was used to revoke his security clearance."
"Nikola Tesla beat Marconi off the starting blocks to develop radio, but Marconi was awarded the patent and the Nobel Prize.O'Neill's book, written in the 1940's, has the advantage of being written by a man who knew tesla personally."
"Because of his eccentric personality and his seemingly unbelievable and sometimes bizarre claims about possible scientific and technological developments, Tesla was ultimately ostracized and regarded as a mad scientist by many late in his life"
"Another math prodigy( college at 10,PhD at 18), Wiener was a professor at MIT who in the 1940's proposed the intellectual foundation of computers and invented cybernetics. He became disillusioned with the politicization of science during the cold war."
"William Shockley was one of three scientists who received the Nobel Prize for inventing the semi-conductor, the building block of computers. Although well respected professionally, in later life Shockley became engrossed in Eugenics and issues of racial intelligence, causing him to be shunned by many former colleagues."