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Live from Steampunkland: Chris Lough**: Nikola Tesla Was a Great Scientist, But a Greater Nerd: "Today marks the birthday of Nikola Tesla...

...a man so bizarre and scientifically curious that it’s easy to imagine him figuring out a method to cheat death and live to see this year, if only Thomas Edison or his suspected OCD weren’t interfering…. Tesla brought true advancements to the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and talking about death ray urban legends while tipsy at parties. And although his scientific achievements are vital to the way we live today, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that what we as fans of science fiction truly laud him for is for being a wildly imaginative outsider. Tesla was that person imagining how to build a robot during a boring family dinner. Tesla was that person reading a book in a quiet room just off of the main party. Tesla was that person who then felt obligated to read all of that author’s books.... So here’s to Super Nerd Nikola Tesla. Happy birthday, sir. Mind the pigeons.