Who are some of the smartest people of all time?

Don't get them from an IQ list, because IQ's can be very useless.

Give me an opinion to why they are intelligent.

This is my list, doesn't have to be in order.


Painted the Sistine Chapel, look at that roof and tell me if you could do that? The detail and also the fact he could paint something so large that is so high in the days when the Dark Ages were coming to an end.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wrote his first symphony at age 8. Wrote unbelievably amazing symphonies ENTIRELY from his mind, he didn't even touch a keyboard. He wrote Symphony No 25 at the age of 17. In todays society at age 17 you have kids playing soft ballads on a Guitar by plucking about 5 notes while Mozart wrote symphonies listened to today written entirely by his mind.

Edgar Allan Poe

I have ALWAYS told myself, anyone who came up with the idea of writing the mystery genre was absolute genius. It turns out my favourite writer who wrote the Raven, invented the Mystery genre too, I mean what intelligence it would have been to sit down and write a story where it involves getting the reader to try and figure things out with the writer.

As it pass'd me flying by —

From the thunder, and the storm —

And the cloud that took the form

(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view —

I mean what genius.

Nikola Tesla

Not many people know of this genius sadly, he had a way of making things better for todays society. He invented the wireless which would have been the answer to all our problems if not for other greedy businessman. Tesla with the invention of wireless could have built a large tower in Long Island and could have controlled the whole world from there. Planes, Cars, Trains, etc could be electrically powered by this wireless tower in New York. Same with all our technology today, he had everything laid out, there was no mistakes in his plans, this idea could of been successful. He had successfully figured out how to make electricity free. The only problem is that businessman knew there would be no ways to make money in free power so refused to give Telsa the idea, which is why we depend on power stations which we have to pay for, batteries, engines, etc. However Tesla was the inventor of Alternating Current which without, we would still be living with the same electricity they had in the early 1800's. Almost none.

What about your list?

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  • 7 years ago
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    List of Polymaths:


    Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius




    Maimonides, or RaMBaM, physician, rabbi, and philosopher



    Abu Bakr Mohammad Ibn Zakariya al-Razi, Razi or Rhazes — medicine, chemistry and philosophy


    Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, magician, theologian, soldier, legal expert, astrologist, alchemist and writer

    Leone Battista Alberti, painter, poet, philosopher, cryptographer, musician and architect

    Sir Thomas Browne, physician, philosopher, literature, medicine, religion, science

    Albrecht Dürer, painter, geometry, fortification

    Athanasius Kircher, egyptology, geology, and music theory

    Leonardo da Vinci, engineer, physician, artist, juggler, musician and composer

    William Petty, scientist and philosopher

    Thomas More

    Desiderius Erasmus

    Theodor Zwinger doctor, ethicist, linguist

    Alexander Borodin, composer and chemist

    Sir George Cayley, naturalist, physical scientist, engineer, inventor and politician

    Liu E, writer, musician, physician and entrepreneur

    Benjamin Franklin, politician, physicist, inventor and writer.

    Karl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician, astronomer and physicist

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer, philosopher, scientist

    Robert Hooke, experimental scientist, natural philosopher, biologist, physiscist, architect, inventor

    Christiaan Huygens, natural philiosopher, horologist, astronomer, mathematician, inventor

    Thomas Jefferson, politician, architect, archaeologist and writer.

    Gottfried Leibniz, lawyer, mathematician, philosopher

    Mikhail Lomonosov, literature, education, and science

    John Stuart Mill, philosopher, political writer, economist

    Isaac Newton, mathematician, physicist, alchemist, theologian, economist

    Henri Poincaré, mathematician, physicist

    Adam Smith

    Nikola Tesla, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and physicist

    Giambattista Vico

    Christopher Wren, architect, astronomer and mathematician

    Samuel Morse, artist, politician, inventor, educator

    Blaise Pascal, mathematician, physicist, theologian, philosopher

    Gregory Bateson, anthropologist, social scientist, linguist and cyberneticist

    Kenneth E. Boulding, economist, educator, poet, religious mystic, systems scientist, and interdisciplinary philosopher

    Jacob Bronowski, physicist, biologist, writer

    William F. Buckley Jr., novelist, journalist, pianist, secret agent

    Noam Chomsky, linguist, psychologist, political writer

    Moshe Feldenkrais, engineer, physicist, Judo blackbelt, creator of the Feldenkrais Method

    Buckminster Fuller, designer, metal-tradesman, mathematician, professor, theoretician

    Jonathan Miller, opera director, physician, writer

    Herbert Simon, cognitive psychologist, computer scientist, economist and philosopher

    Michael Polanyi, physical chemist, philosopher, theologian, economist

    Walter Pitts, cognitive scientist, mathematical-logician, philosopher

    Kukrit Pramoj, author, economist, historian, novelist, philosopher, statesman

    Anatol Rapoport, mathematician, psychologist, pianist, general systems theorist

    Jose Rizal, Filipino renaissance man

    Bertrand Russell, mathematician, philosopher, writer, political activist

    Gore Vidal, author, actor, historian, playwright, political commentator

    Maya Angelou, author, poet, actress, playwright, educator

    Roger Penrose, mathematician, cosmologist, philosopher

    Paul Robeson, athlete, actor, political activist, attorney

    John Von Neumann, mathematician, physicist, chemist, economist, computer scientist

    • Steven4 years agoReport

      Isac newton is overrated

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  • 7 years ago

    Archimedes - all his mathematical and geometry work is still standard today

    Juvenal - Roman satirist who virtually invented satire as a literary form,and is still a great read today

    Martial - did the same with the epigram;Martial was the original insult comic

    Murasaki Shikibu - wrote the first ever novel.1000 years ago

    Isaac Newton - his work is still the basis of modern physics

    Francis Bacon - responsible for the Scientific Method

    Voltaire - the ultimate polymath if one is familiar with his whole range of works.

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  • Tim D
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    7 years ago

    Werner Heisenberg, Albert Einstein, Eratosthenes (accurately measured the size of the Earth c 200 BCE), Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins.

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  • 4 years ago

    Nikola tesla is easily one of if not the smartest man

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