Today, everyone knows what “nerds” are, those eccentric individuals who have a detailed knowledge of a particular field but who are socially somewhat inept. We usually immediately think of computer freaks. But is this human species only a recent phenomenon? Definitely not! Nerds were around in analogue times too. Hildegard von Bingen, Beethoven, Michelangelo and other geniuses from the past had many characteristics that remind us the modern-day nerd.