The word geek is a not a proper English word as it is a slang term, referred to the people who are not considered to be normal by normal people, this could be due to any reason including intellect to appearance. According to Wikipedia definition, a geek is, “a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.”
Different people are divided into different types of geeks such as:
- Physics geeks,
- Mathematics geeks,
- Engineering geeks,
- Sci-fi geeks,
- Computer geeks,
- Science geeks,
- Movie and film geeks,
- Comic book geeks,
- Theatre geeks,
- History geeks,
- Music geeks,
- Art geeks,
- Philosophy geeks,
- Literature geeks and
- Historical reenactment geeks.
Geekdom, as it is obvious from the above list is not limited to computers as many of us think that only the computer or technology addicted person can only be a geek. I am going to give example of geek from all parts of life so that this issue can be clarified and fully explained. Such as;
1. Sir Isaac Newton:
Sir Isaac Newton was a physics geek; he became famous after discovering gravity. One October day he was sitting under a tree pondering about the world around him, that all of the sudden an apple hit him on his head and he came up with the idea of gravity, and scientist today are inventing new inventions basing upon this law of gravity.
His first law was: “An object that has no movement cannot move unless acted upon by a outside force.”
2. Mark Zuckerberg:
Mark Zuckerberg is a technology geek who has created Facebook, Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room on February 4, 2004. Initially facebook was launched only in Harvard but later Zukerberg decided to other schools as well. He was a normal kid of normal attire, but still his inventions worth mote than $1 billion.
3. Paris Hilton:
Paris Whitney Hilton is an American socialite, media personality, model, singer, author, fashion designer and actress. She is a socialist by heart, and started her career as modeling as a child star in charity functions. Later on she properly started off as a model at the age of 19. She appeared in a geek show The Simple Life, she is the brand model of Pink Motorola V3 phone, also starred in one of the most downloaded internet vide.
4. Mary Shelley:
Mary Shelley was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel” Frankenstein”. It is said about her that she actually locked herself away with a group of intellectuals to write a story for a ghost story, but all in vain she did not came up with any idea. On the same night when she slept, she dreamed about the plot of the ghost story and eventually came up with the bestseller Frankenstein. She imagined far too ahead of her time and her characters still remain alive.
5. Rosalind Franklin:
Rosalind Franklin showed a great interest in chemistry and physics. She was awarded a scholarship on gas chromatography. Later she moved from Cambridge to gain experience in X-ray Diffraction techniques. She was an expert on the DNA structure and viruses and a keen crystallographer. She with the help of already gained knowledge of chemistry took X-ray photographs, which resulted into invention of thin fibers which help in producing more accurate X-ray patterns, and whilst doing this she also controlled the humidity which was a very important factor. Many people believed that she deserved a noble prize, but she couldn’t lived up to that as she died of cancer.
The actual IBM main frame era was one of the highly closed systems as it was entirely not just the domain player, as it was a full cycle in itself which accommodated two players and totally ignored the third party. It won’t be wrong to say that earlier it was IBM era, and then the Microsoft took over as it was more lenient towards the third parties.