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The Face of Genius

By December 28, 2013

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geniusRobert Roy Britt, the LiveScience Editorial Director at AOL, reported on the changing face of genius and the latest list of smart people as compiled by a British panel of experts. While everyone knows Albert Einstein was a genius, few people know who today's living geniuses are.

The following ten people have been named as living geniuses in order of smarts. Notice the high level of ties (I have grouped the ties together). It must have been a tough list to decide upon.

Tim Berners-Lee is a British physicist turned programmer credited with inventing the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee originally tied Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman, the discoverer of LSD, for first place in smarts, but Hoffman died in April.

George Soros is a Hungarian-born American financial speculator with enough smarts to make a 9 billion dollar fortune.

Matt Groening is the creator of 'The Simpsons,' the Fox television's animated sitcom that has lasted 20 seasons.

British biochemist, Frederick Sanger won the Nobel Prize twice, the 1958 Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a method of studying the structure of proteins, and the 1980 prize for developing a method of determining the chemical structure of large pieces of DNA. Also fourth in smarts is Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in a South African prison for fighting racism before becoming that countries first black president.

The 1997 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Dario Fo, the Italian satirist and playwright tied for sixth place in smarts with Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who proved Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, a pioneer of Modernism and reinforced concrete tied with American composer, Philip Glass, and Russian Grigori Perelman, who solved a geometric problem posed in 1904 regarded as one of the most difficult in mathematics.

Illustration: Mary Bellis

Comments
December 20, 2008 at 1:03 pm
(1) Andy from Tepoz says:

All wisdom comes from God. I wonder
if all these geniuses are grateful to HIM
for HIS gifts. If any of then are atheists
they should not be on this list!

December 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm
(2) Laszlo says:

A true scientist cannot believe in a higher entity, that would stop them from doing science. All people who make this list are deserving persons wanting to know. Knowledge is an absolute must for all of us. The problem is that we don’t have enough people with this much curiosity and dedication. Money. Money makers should not be in this list. Money and god go hand in hand working against truth and free thinking.

January 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm
(3) Luis M. says:

The idea that believing in God prevents one from doing science is patently false. Modernism creates this myth. First, examples: Isaac Newton, Carl F. Gauss, Blaise Pascal, Michael Faraday, Louis Pasteur, and many, any others, had a deep, abiding faith in the God of the Bible.

Second: the job of science is to understand the process of nature, and it must be assumed that (1) nature exists outside of our consciousness, and that (2) it is not capricious, but explainable by reason.
Believing in God as the creator of the universe affirms (1). Believing that God made us capable of understanding His creation and enjoying it through Him, affirms (2).

Those who don’t believe in God may study nature, but they will not let themselves get to meet its maker!

January 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(4) solomonsmith says:

GOD is I am that I am, if scientist worship him or not does not change him or affect him,devil have blind the mind of many to think that to be a scientist to believe that nature just exit on it own without GOD the creator,they want to turn wisdon of GOD into foolishness but GOD had ready turn their wisdom to foolish.

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