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1/18/07 8:28 PM
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Thomas Jefferson was no doubt a brillant person. Clinton I'm sure is up there as one of the smartest Presidents too. I miss having a smart President.
1/18/07 8:31 PM
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Gallileo Newton Einstein Hawkings they worked out the laws & the math that govern everything in the universe
1/18/07 8:32 PM
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Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath: architect, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, mathematician, musician, scientist, and painter. He has been described as the archetype of the "Renaissance man", a man infinitely curious and equally inventive. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time, and perhaps the most intelligent and capable man to ever have lived.
1/18/07 8:33 PM
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I agree with Petester, Gauss.
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I agree leonardo was a genius however, his commissions prevented him from reaching his full potential..... something he was quited pissed off about too.
1/18/07 8:58 PM
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"Gallileo Newton Einstein Hawkings they worked out the laws & the math that govern everything in the universe" I think one name is both misspelled and way out of place here...
1/18/07 9:33 PM
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William Sidis IQ of 250-300
1/18/07 9:40 PM
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 - 1859)
1/18/07 10:21 PM
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Pete Carroll Will Rogers Fang Maturi
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look you dudes are missing the mathematicians. 20th century was godel; in many circles he was thought to be above einstein intellectually. von neumann who came up with game theory is another genius. however, few could manage both science and art sublimely like da vinci, so i'd have to rate him above anyone. after him, maybe archimedes, because he had crap to work with.
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look you dudes are missing the mathematicians. 20th century was godel; in many circles he was thought to be above einstein intellectually. von neumann who came up with game theory is another genius. however, few could manage both science and art sublimely like da vinci, so i'd have to rate him above anyone. after him, maybe archimedes, because he had crap to work with.
1/18/07 10:55 PM
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Da Vinci Mozart or Newton
1/18/07 10:57 PM
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Srinivasa Ramanujan because he was pretty smart and has a fun name to say
1/18/07 11:49 PM
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Prince Siddhartha, the man came to be known as the Buddha.
1/18/07 11:54 PM
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Newton Da Vinci Steinmetz Tesla i'd go w/ newton. dude invented calculus to figure everything else out.
1/19/07 12:08 AM
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1/19/07 1:11 AM
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Marilyn vos Savant... j/k The most "proven" geniuses ever have got to be Da Vinci and Newton. The most raw computational horsepower goes to William Sidis, but he didn't accomplish much. Euler and Edison always tend get left out of these discussions but deserve a mention.
1/19/07 1:27 AM
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Moi! Idiots!
1/19/07 2:24 AM
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took forever, but "your conscience" finally mentioned a prime candidate--aristotle. the topic is the most brilliant person ever, yet most aren't looking past the last few hundred years. it is obviously a subjective question, but surely we need to give a little more credit to the ancients. i'm not going to argue against newton, einstein, leibniz, etc and i don't think you can even begin to pretend that one guy clearly stands out as the "most brilliant." what is amazing to me about aristotle is the breadth of his work. he touched on just about every topic imaginable and did so systematically. his contribution to political thought and ethics is enormous, yet he had a huge impact on the natural sciences as well. aristotelean physics hung around for quite some time. the Church was forced to confront Aristotle's ideas and Aquinas was so enamored with Aristotle (a thousand years later) that he looked to synthesize Aristotle's teachings with Christianity. furthermore, Aristotle's "Politics" was widely read by the American Founders (two thousand years after he wrote it) and his prescription for a mixed regime has proven quite successful in practice(of course Polybius deserves credit on this as well). And as noted, Aristotle's physics served as the starting point for "scientists" over a thousand years after it was written. re:newton, galileo, copernicus, etc. i'd urge you to read Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions. the "story" of science isn't as clear cut and neat as textbooks would like you to believe. some have already mentioned the dispute between newton and leibniz. newton qualifies as being incredibly intelligent, but he was also one of the biggest jerks of his time. politics has had a lot to do with who gets credited with certain discoveries. and while advances in the natural sciences should be commended, they need not be the criteria for "brilliance."
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Rickson of course
1/19/07 9:25 AM
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Another real smart dude was Feynman.
1/19/07 9:34 AM
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