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Our Geek Madness Final is set: No. 14 Linus Torvalds vs. No. 2 Nikola Tesla.
Our Geek Madness Final is set: No. 14 Linus Torvalds vs. No. 2 Nikola Tesla.

Editor’s Note: Geek Madness is our quest to find the greatest geek of all time

UPDATE: Voting has ended. Final tally:

Nikola Tesla, 1,828

Linus Torvalds, 1,378

Go here for the tournament recap.


Hard to believe it, but we’re just about ready to crown the greatest geek of all time.

First, though, an epic championship showdown to end the three-week extravaganza also known as Geek Madness.


From the tech corner, we’ve got the tournament’s Cinderella, Mr. Linus Torvalds. The man who created Linux came in as the 14-seed but managed to finish off Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Tim Berners-Lee and, just recently, Alan Turing in the Final Four.

But he’ll have his toughest match yet against Tesla, widely considered to be one of the most prolific inventors ever. Heck, he’s even got a super cool car company named after him. And, to top it off, the Web comic The Oatmeal has devoted a page to him about why he’s the greatest geek ever.

So, who you got? We’ll be counting up the votes Wednesday night, so vote below and let us know who should be the greatest geek of all time.


Recapping the Final Four:


No. 14 Linus Torvalds, 1,737

No. 5 Alan Turing, 1,416

Turing had an early lead, but Torvalds kept his incredible streak of upsets alive with an epic win against the man who is considered to be the father of computer science. Pretty impressive, Linus.


No. 2 Nikola Tesla, 2,002

No. 1 Albert Einstein, 1,256

Down goes our other No. 1 seed. After fellow No.1-seed Bill Gates went down earlier in the tournament, Einstein was the only top-seeded geek left. But in convincing fashion, Tesla handedly beat Mr. E = mc2. Now he’ll face his first non-science opponent in Torvalds for the title. Who you got?

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