Strange Scientists

GUESTS: Cliff Pickover Author, Strange Brains and Genius: The Secret Lives of Eccentric Scientists and Madmen (Plenum Publishing) Brain Bogglers Columnist Discover Magazine Research Staff Member IBM Watson Research Center Yorktown Heights, New York Paul Hoffman Author, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth (Hyperion) Publisher, Senior Vice President Encyclopaedia Britannica Chicago, Illinois Nikola Tesla, who invented alternating current power transmission, feared germs and women's pearls, but loved the number three and pigeons. Paul Erdos was a brilliant mathematician without a home: he stayed with colleagues, living out of a suitcase and giving his money away. In this hour, we'll take a look at the strange lives of some very accomplished scientists.



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