Super Nerds

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Illustration by Clifford V. Johnson, author of The Dialogues: Conversations About the Nature of the Universe.

Illustration by Clifford V. Johnson, author of The Dialogues: Conversations About the Nature of the Universe.

We used to think of nerds as unattractive, pimply or tragically unfashionable — but somehow over the years — the meaning changed. Today we embrace the nerd as a nuanced person who often wins the day. We need smart people, right? On this episode, The Pulse listens back to some of our favorite stories about super nerds … and the things they love: Falling for a dinosaur named Dreadnoughtus. Curing disease. Naming the current epoch. Reinventing video games.

Nerds do important work, and their focus and smarts bring us new solutions and new ways to look at life. 

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