benoit mandelbrot just passwed away a few weeks ago, so he just went from the smartest alive to smartest dead person. (lol, can you be smart when you're dead?)
if you use a cell phone, you can thank him for it. well, at least the antannae that makes it possible.
lol, this reminds me of the last words of socrates, who said, "i drank what
how about a naked genius, hedy lamarr? the first woman to be filmed skinny dipping in a publicly released movie, she was famous for saying "any girl can be glamorous. all she has to do is stand still and look stupid".
during wwii, however, she just happened to invent spread spectrum communication (freq. hopping) on a bar napkin.
i like robert wuhl's joke about hedy lamarr and britney spears. if hedy lamarr could invent an advancement in technology on a napkin, maybe that why britney spears had no panties on when she got out of the limo. she had the cure for cancer written on them.
ok, so if you like dead inventors, i've got 1 more.
a jersey guy, the wizard of menlo park, thomas edison.
and you can't talk about edison without mentioning george westinghouse. if you like electricity in your home, you can't really seperate the two.