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.
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?
- staisilLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
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
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
Nikola Tesla, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and physicist
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
- ammianusLv 77 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.
- Tim DLv 77 years ago
Werner Heisenberg, Albert Einstein, Eratosthenes (accurately measured the size of the Earth c 200 BCE), Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins.
- 4 years ago
Nikola tesla is easily one of if not the smartest man