Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future think tank, which he left when he announced his run for president and that has since dissolved, had a Silicon Valley office. Through the organization, he once proposed that citizens could become more involved in government through wikis and "a private, 3-D Internet metaverse for elected officials to share ideas and best practices."
Gingrich has six times as many followers on Twitter as Romney, and is not afraid to throw punches via social media. He has co-authored six science fiction-esque alternative histories. And he was once a top 500 reviewer on Amazon, where he reviewed 156 books, including The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene, QED, by Richard P. Feynman and Genome, by Matt Ridley.
Gingrich used to accept evolution but may have changed his mind on the subject. He is knowledgeable about climate change and has wrestled with how government should tackle it. Recently he reportedly backed away from including a chapter on climate change in a forthcoming book about the environment.
When it comes to science policy, Gingrich, like Romney, contends that we need to make our immigration policies friendlier to foreign students in math, science and engineering. He thinks students who graduate early should receive the cost of the year they skipped as a scholarship and that online learning should be universally available. He also wants to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and replace it with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would consider "the impact of federal environmental policies on job creation and the cost of energy."
#2 - Mitt Romney
Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, has a "corny sense of humor," but being socially awkward is not a sufficient qualification for ascendance to the rank of geek. Still, rare glimpses of Romney in unguarded moments suggest that beneath his image as a successful businessman beats the heart of the sort of brainy young man who excelled at Harvard University. In 2007, for example, he told an interviewer that his favorite book is the science fiction schlock classic Battlefield Earth, by L. Ron Hubbard. (He was quick to add that he had no affinity for Scientology, which was founded by Hubbard.)