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Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, The: Muwahahahaha! [Paperback]

Wilson , Daniel H. & Long , Anne
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2 Sep 2008

Dr. Frankenstein. Marie Curie. Dr. Moreau. Captain Nemo. They're the most fascinating minds of all time--and now a science guru has teamed up with an expert in human psychology to coax them out of their laboratories and onto the analyst's couch.

Real and fictional, famous and infamous, crazy and just crazily driven, these brilliant men and women exhibit a list of neuroses almost as impressive as their extraordinary accomplishments. At last, you can explore their early fixations, their ambitions, their successes and failures, and the particular quirks that have granted each induction into the Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, including:

  • Dr. Evil: Megalomaniacal doctor with antisocial personality disorder (and pathological dislike of his own son, Scotty)

  • Nikola Tesla: Real-life mad scientist with obsessive compulsive disorder (and he talked to aliens)

  • Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde: Brilliant doctor gone bad, suffering from multiple personality disorder (and a penchant for strong chemical cocktails)

  • Lex Luthor: Villain and supergenius with manic mood disorder (and premature baldness)

Witty, illuminating, and thoroughly entertaining, this one-of-a-kind book offers irrefutable proof that success, super-intelligence, and a mantelpiece full of Nobel prizes is no guarantee of sanity.

Praise for Daniel H. Wilson

"Daniel H. Wilson and Anna C. Long have made an exhaustive study of the evil mind. It is complete, pulls no punches, and reveals secrets that have hitherto remained hidden. It is for these reasons that I must liquidate them. Great book!" --Mike Myers, aka Dr. Evil from Austin Powers

"Forget about John Connor--it's Daniel H. Wilson who is going to save us from the Terminators." --Forbes on How to Survive a Robot Uprising

"A tribute to the far-fetched ideas that often drive progress." --Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, for Where's My Jetpack?

Daniel H. Wilson, Ph.D. earned a degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine. He has been featured in the New York Times and Wired, as well as on Tech Nation with Dr. Moira Gunn and Countdown with Keith Olberman.

Anna Long, Ph.D. is a graduate of the University of Washington's Child Clinical Psychology program.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CITADEL; HUMOU edition (2 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806528796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806528793
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,836,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel, exploring the inner workings of everyday stuff. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun book 19 May 2010
I enjoyed this book - I liked Daniel Wilson's other books (How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion, How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies, Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived) and thought that I would get this one as well.

However, although it was good, I did not enjoy it as much as the others. It is less serious than those ones, and although the idea is a good one (assessing scientists from history and from fiction), some of them felt "forced".

On the whole, I would recommend this book, but I think if this is your first taste of Wilson's writing, try one of his other books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars And the nominees are... 3 Sep 2008
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Daniel Wilson, author of How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion, How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies, and Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived joins forces with psychologist Anna Long to present the first round inductions of the Mad Scientist Hall of Fame! Using both real people and fiction characters, the authors take us on a fun filled romp covering the deranged minds of some stand out characters.

From the real world we see Soviet 'biologist' Trofim Lysenko, high flying and deep diving Auguste Piccard, wacky alien communicating Nikola Tesla, Dr Stanley Milgram, Sidney Gottlieb, Madame Curie, explosives technician Jack Parsons (and his connection with L Ron Hubbard), coax cable inventor Oliver Heaviside, and tv inventor Philo Farnsworth.

Fictional characters include Dr Evil, Dr Julius No, Professor Calculus (from Tintin, and he's based off Auguste Piccard), Captain Nemo, Lex Luthor, Dr Moreau, Victor Frankenstein, Seth Brundle (The Fly), Dr Jeckyll (and Mr Hyde), and Futurama's Hubert J Farnsworth.

The recaps of these characters, both real and fictional are educational and trivia filled. My only complaint is the absence of Doc Brown of 'Back to the Future' fame. If you have read brainy robot guy Wilson's other books, be sure and read this one. Totally capable of having a sequal to include other mad scientists (or even just really angry ones).
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