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    • CommentAuthorlex
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
    Similar to the Influential Artists Thread, I was wondering what (Mad) Scientists you think were especially influential on your fiction/comics/other art creations. How did they influence you?
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
    Somewhere along the way I managed to pick up a leather-bound collection of all of Nicola Tesla's U.S. patents. I'll likely be incorporating it in a few genre photo shoots soon...
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    What ChuckEye said, with a little more amplification.

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    The best mad scientist at all , in my opinion: Athanasius Kircher, the baroque jesuit who write (and engrave) books about Noah Ark (scientifically speaking) and Visual Effects/Illusions and Magnetism and Mechanical Music and Babel Tower (scientifically speaking) and egyptology and geology and universal languages and...
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008 edited
    Werner Von Braun, father of the US space program, could have sent a man to Mars by 1980 if Nixon hadn't pulled the funding.

    Too bad about the whole Nazi war criminal thing.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
    I second both Tesla and von Braun. Da Vinci isn't often thought of as mad, but he was certainly unorthodox, and he inspires me as well as my fiction.
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    The FBI Project Artichoke scientist who gave a convict LSD and a bunch of painkillers and asked him to describe what he saw and experienced as they cut the top off his skull and surgically removed his brain piece by piece.

    That's some shit right there.

    And then there was this guy.