Thursday, 22 October 2015

Who is the most intelligent person in the world?

I don't know about "most intelligent," or how one would even define the "most intelligent person," but if a list of the smartest people who ever lived is ever made, William James Sidis would feature on it for sure.

Some facts about him:

*.His ratio IQ was estimated to be between 250 and 300.
*.He could read theNew York Timesat 18 months.
*.He reportedly taught himself eight languages (Latin, Greek, French, Russian, German, Hebrew, Turkish, and Armenian) by age eight, and invented another, which he called Vendergood.
*.He set a record in 1909 by becoming the youngest person to enroll at Harvard University, at the age of 11.
*.In early 1910, Sidis' mastery of higher mathematics was such that he lectured the Harvard Mathematical Club on four-dimensional bodies.
*.MIT professor Daniel F. Comstock predicted that Sidis would become a great mathematician and a leader in that field in the future.
*.Sidis began taking a full-time course load in 1910 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree,cum laude, on June 18, 1914, at age 16.
*.He vowed to stay celibate and never marry, as women did not appeal to him.
*.He got a job at the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Letters, Science, and Art (now Rice University) as a mathematics teaching assistant, where he arrived in December 1915 at the age of 17. He was a graduate fellow working toward his doctorate.
*.At Rice, he taught three classes: Euclidean geometry, non-Euclidean geometry, and trigonometry. He wrote a textbook for the Euclidean geometry course in Greek. After less than a year, frustrated with the department, his teaching requirements, and his treatment by students older than he was, Sidis left his post.
*.He abandoned his pursuit of a graduate degree in mathematics and enrolled at the Harvard Law School in September 1916, but withdrew in good standing in his final year in March 1919.
*.His publications covered a broad range of subjects, from writings on cosmology, to American Indian history, to a comprehensive and definitive taxonomy of vehicle transfers, an equally comprehensive study of civil engineering and vehicles, and several well-substantiated lost texts on anthropology, philology, and transportation systems.

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