Editor’s Note: Geek Madness is our quest to find the greatest geek of all time
Late Apple legend Steve Jobs was the favorite as a 3-seed, but it was underdog Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux kernel, who capitalized on a second-half run to pull out the narrow 44-34 victory.
Here are the results from Thursday’s three other matchups. Torvalds had the only upset — No. 1 seed Bill Gates, No. 5 seed Alan Turing and No. 7 seed Gordon Moore all came away victorious. Voting is taking place at our Facebook page.
No. 1 Bill Gates 54, No. 16 Steve Wozniak 27
While many praised Woz for his overall geekiness, the hometown favorite couldn’t be taken down.
No. 5 Alan Turing 63, No. 12 Sergey Brin/Larry Page 10
“The fundamental ideas behind computing derive in large part from Alan’s work,” writes one reader. “A millennium from now, Turing will be remembered. Page and Brin, for all their brilliance, are ultimately just businessmen.”
No. 7 Gordon Moore 51, No. 10 Zuckerberg 12
“No brainer,” commented one reader. “Zuck is a tool. Moore is a scientist for cryin’ out loud.”
Now that half of the technology side is completed, we’re ready to get a little math and science in. Today, the first four first-round matchups on the other side of the bracket will begin:
No 16-seed has ever won upset the 1-seed at the NCAA tournament, so we’re not expecting much here from Franklin. It is Einstein, after all. But hey — Franklin did invent the lighting rod and bifocals.
An epic showdown, no doubt. Galileo struts in as the “Father of Modern Science,” while Marconi is a Nobel Prize winner who invented the radio.
Another intense match. Newton, who developed the principals of modern physics, is clearly the favorite. But Hawking’s groundbreaking work in the science field shouldn’t be taken lightly.
This figures to one of the more entertaining first round games between two very different, but highly influential men. Archimedes, born in 287 BC, is considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. Carver, though, was a noble agricultural chemist and Time magazine called him the “Black Leonardo.”
We’ve also re-arranged the bracket to allow for better sequencing. In our first rendition, a 1-seed could have faced a 3-seed in the second round, which is a bit unconventional. Now, the winner from the 8-seed vs. 9-seed will face the 1-seed in the second round. Thanks to one of our readers for pointing this out.
Voting for these four matchups will run through Sunday, so head on over to our Facebook page to help us pick the Greatest Geek!
Reach staff reporter Taylor Soper at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Taylor_Soper