UMD Library

Unless you have a job that lets you travel to many exotic locations, it's hard to meet enough different kinds of people to really expand your horizons.

Of course, readers already know that one of the best ways to do that is through books.

Alwyn Ladell, Daniel Sempértegui and Chris HE/Flickr

Perhaps a nerd is nothing more than someone who is really, really passionate and excited about something.

Like, concrete.  Or the films of Michael Bay.  Or StarCraft 2.

But the deeper and more significant question becomes: if you or the thing you're most nerdy about take hold of the public imagination, does that mean you (or it) are now cool?  And if so, can you still be called a nerd?