Les Paul, the inventor and musician who built the first solid body electric guitar and recorded the first multi-track song, died on Thursday due to complications from pneumonia. Popular music's Thomas Edison, Les Paul's technological innovations drastically altered the face of music and culture. He was 94.
March 2008 has been a rough month for nerds. First came the passing of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax. Now we hear that one of the mightiest names in science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, has died.
Clarke, author of some of the genre's classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhood's End, was a tireless enthusiast for science and technology. Arguably, though, Clarke's most striking contribution to humanity, published in a paper in 1945, was his idea of using geostationary satellites as communications relay stations.