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Originally posted by kyle43
I'm going to have to go with Nikola Tesla. Look around you at all you have, how everything is so nicely lit and functions so seemingly easily, then thank him for AC power. As of late I have been rethinking the conspiracies around Tesla. It is said that his inventions were stolen from him but now I am starting to think he intentionally held out on releasing the tech, not because he was greedy or any of that , but he knew at the time that it would be used for evil and not good.
William James Sidis was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical and linguistic abilities. His IQ was estimated to be between 250 and 300 (measures of IQ have changed over time since then) - one of the highest ever recorded - he entered Harvard early at age 11, and as an adult was conversant in over 40 languages and dialects.
Originally posted by Lostmymarbles
I'd say either Tesla or Da Vinci. Both were beyond the realm of brilliant. What both of them accomplished and did cannot be done by others.
Originally posted by PoeteMaudit
Originally posted by davidgrouchy
Grigory Perelman is the smartest man in the world.
He actually solved the Poincaré conjecture,
which had eluded every mathematician
on the planet for a hundred years.
Yes? Newton actually invented differential calculus. Give me a break.
Originally posted by rubbertramp
i added the fire dude just to try and show that basing this on i.q. and geniuses may not be the only test.
Originally posted by Kovenov
reply to post by rubbertramp
I personally feel it's a toss-up between Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, and Kurt Godel. If I'm constrained to choose one individual then Kurt Godel.
Nicholas is also considered by many to be a genius ahead of his time in the field of science. Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei and Giordano Bruno were all aware of the writings of Cusanus as was Johannes Kepler (who called Cusanus 'divinely inspired' in the first paragraph of his first published work).