in reply to Re^3: Who is your favorite scientist and why?
in thread Who is your favorite scientist and why?

he came to a miserable end

Indeed. And he wasn't the first, nor I suspect, will he be the last.

I was just reading about another brilliant man who's invention should have changed the world; but time, place and circumstance mean that it did not and he died in less than salubrious circumstances.

With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
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Re^5: Who is your favorite scientist and why?
by karlgoethebier (Abbot) on Aug 30, 2017 at 13:04 UTC

    Some links for the uninitiated:

    I guess the design was good precision engineering. The device is still available on ebay for about € 1000. And the story is really unbelievable.

    Update: It looks like reality was better than Steven Spielberg in this case.

    Best regards, Karl

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