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I'm just curious if scientist like that exist, or if it's just a hollywood thing.
I had a friend whose thesis advisor went insane. Kurt Godel was of rather dubious sanity. It seems to be an occupational hazard for logicians and mathematicians in general. Wolfgang Pauli had some serious mental difficulties and was cured by CG Jung.I'm just curious if scientist like that exist, or if it's just a hollywood thing.
I sort of disagree. Perhaps the numbers of these sorts are a bit higher than the general population, but I think a much larger number of professional scientists are very down to earth, sociable, cooperative people.No, but many people in science are weird, annoying, quirky, strange, or just completely anti-social.
The BP Deepwater Horizon rig I presume?One of my uni friends was legendary for his ability to create havoc with lab experiments. Not to mention the time he blocked the river through the town, when the 100-year-old steam powered boat that he was restoring exploded on its maiden voyage.
He decided that blowing things up was obviously he speciality, and went to work for an offshore gas exploration company.
Hmm, they don't seem crazy enough. Except for the skeleton thing.
I didn't check how accurate this is, but interesting article: http://amasci.com/tesla/teslabad.htmlIn later life Tesla became something of a Mad Scientist. He veered off the beaten path and became more and more of a crackpot.
Newton seems to have had a couple bouts of complete craziness. These may well have been due to mercury poisoning from his alchemical researches.
However, I never personally met either of them.