Editor’s Note: Geek Madness is our quest to find the greatest geek of all time
Geek Madness is moving right along and the final four geeks on the technology side of the bracket are set in stone.
We now have some epic Elite Eight games coming, including a showdown between Bill Gates and Alan Turing.
But before that, there are some excellent Sweet 16 matchups awaiting on the math/science side. Voting kicks off today on our Facebook page, so head on over and make you vote count.
Here’s what’s going down this weekend:
No one is really expecting Galileo to take down the No. 1 seed, but he is known as the “Father of Modern Science.” Is that enough to get him past the one-and-only Einstein?
Tesla entered the Madness as a championship contender, but it won’t be easy advancing to the Elite Eight against Darwin, the man who changed the way we thought about the world.
da Vinci was an Italian legend and arguably one of the most-talented people to graze the earth. But we’re certainly not counting out Curie, the first female Nobel Prize winner famous for her groundbreaking radioactivity research.
Oh, boy — getting pumped just thinking about this one. Archimedes is considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, but Newton developed the principals of modern physics and is arguably the greatest scientist to ever live. Get ready for a good one, folks.
And to recap this week’s matches:
No. 1 Bill Gates, 42
No. 9 Charles Babbage/Ada Lovelace, 32
Bill G. moves on, just like we expected. There was a lot of love for the Babbage/Lovelace combo, but the hometown favorite pulled through.
No. 5 Alan Turing, 53
No. 4 Vint Cerf/Bob Kahn, 14
Turing, the father of computer science, took care of business to move on to the Elite Eight. “C’mon, I bet even Vint would vote for Turing,” wrote Lane.
No. 14 Linus Torvalds, 104
No. 6 Elon Musk, 21
It looks like the Cinderella of Geek Madness is Linus Torvalds, who already took down No. 3-seed Steve Jobs and just crushed Elon Musk. He’ll move on and face Berners-Lee in the Elite Eight.
No. 2 Tim Berners-Lee, 43
No. 7 Gordon Moore, 17
Being the founder of Intel is cool and all, but it wasn’t enough to get by Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist well-known for inventing the World Wide Web.
Reach staff reporter Taylor Soper at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Taylor_Soper