And who said scientists were boring either?

Tycho Brahe

Bellos also reports the Danish astronomer (and pernickety measurer and calculator) Tycho Brahe had am unsuspected wild side to him (does the moustache giver it away?) He sported a false nose made of gold and silver, the original having being sliced off in a duel (OK, a duel about a formula…), and kept a pet elk (who unfortunately fell to its death one night after drinking too much beer at dinner).