I have to say that to lable any one individual as being the most intelligent to have ever been born would be somewhat erroneous without first defining "Intelligent". There have been several great minds mentioned already and to each they were magnificent in their own right, just in different aspects.
Now to get more to the point of Einstein and the scientific world, he was definitely a genius. But the MOST, there can never be a MOST. Case in point, the often overlooked genius of Nikola Tesla whose genius and work was the basis for nearly all of our modern day technology. Not only that but a lot of his work was so advanced it has yet to come to fruition as it is still being perfected in laboratories around the world.
Einstein dealt with mathematical theory, Tesla dealt with Advanced application. Both geniuses, one better than the other? No. They both excelled in different ways. Same with all the others previously mentioned, all were intelligent and Intelligence can't be defined from a single perspective.
could be. He is intelligent, one of the greatest scientist. I think that we cant compare scientists or people in different times as technology develops, some intelligence are aided by tech. The impact of the discovery makes the person great.
I don't think so, by simple virtue of the fact that the vast majority of people, no matter how intelligent, will ever be as famous as Einstein was. There are many people we'll never hear about who are just as or more intelligent than Einstein.
Whether he did or not really doesn't make much difference. His success was based on the fact that he spent years thinking and working on his theories, day in and day out, living and breathing the physical problems of the day. He really didn't do much else. First, it was light, which led to Special Relativity and then it was gravity which led to General Relativity. He was one of the first to introduce the Gedanken (thought experiment) which helped him visualize certain concepts like the equivalency between gravity and acceleration.
Probably not. That's not to knock him in any way, but there's always someone better, somewhere. A good argument could be made that Newton was smarter than Einstein. And at what point does it stop mattering? They were both on a level so far beyond anyone here, who can judge?
I would say that Einstein was a genius that allowed himself to learn and that was what made him so brilliant (other than my personnal belief that God gave him a gift). Many of Einstein's teachers did not see any promise in him and really disliked him as a student. He couldn't find his niche, hiw thing in life until he started all this theory and science. He found something he was good at and maximized his effect.
As for the being the wisest person ever to exist, no. He was brilliant and I have great respect for him, but King Soloman of the ancient Israel would have to be the wisest man that ever lived, considering his intense impact ont he world at a time when communication was so raw. He was well respected, loved and adored by those who knew him and his wisdom was boundless (another gift of God) Soloman was successful until he stopped using his wisdom, like the marriage to mutiple forgien wives and such that led to break down of his kingdom. Like any human, he had great spirit and abilities, and as long as he used them he was a success. It was when he neglected the gifts that he had when he became a meer rat in the rat race. Still, I respect him for early years. He was a great man, loved God. Very wise. IMHO
Einstein has earned his place in history for subtle, astoundingly accurate predictions that -- as we've seen -- are still being proven true eight decades later. Kip Thorne, a California Institute of Technology physicist, attributes Einstein's deep insight to his "conviction that the universe loves simplicity and beauty... His willingness to be guided by this conviction, even if it meant destroying the foundations of Newtonian physics, led him, with a clarity of thought that others could not match, to his new description of space and time."
UniqueBeauty , was Soloman genius in the sense that he came up with a certain scientific theory and prooved it right , ? Soloman was a great historical personality , an influential one but not necessarily a genius one.
the question asked was "Is Albert Einstein the most intelligent man that has been born?"
My answer was not based on whether he was a scientific genius, but that Soloman was intellectually superior to anyone that has been, is and will be. The peace that he was able to maintain in the midle east duing this time in history is briliant, and his judgments are historical. Soloman was not merely a personality, but an intelligent king who wanted the best for his kingdom and the world. Leaders from everywhere came to see his judgments be carried out, and they were amazed by his depth. Scientificlly Einstein may win. but intelligience, IMHO, Soloman wins. I love them both, but I just don't believe that Einstein was the most intelligent man ever to be born, which is the original question posed.
Define intelligence first. Was Einstein smarter than Beethoven? What about an athlete whose brain has precision control over their muscles? Is that intelligence? What about political and social savvy? Is somebody who could negotiate peace in Israel intelligent?
Great generals? Great chess players?
How about great moms?
Don't make the mistake of trying to narrowly define intelligence. Einstein had a good brain for physics. Had he been born at some other time he might have remained the unintelligent child he was first thought to be.
perhaps both. You can have the gift of being smart, but youalso must pursue knowledge, which is brilliant in and of itself. I believe it is intertwined. People just don't use what they have, and they remain mediocre, never changing anything, anybody. That it true sadness that someone would not become all they can be just because they never tried. That is what sets people apart.
That is not opinion, by the way. You can easily find the research for that.
Also, at least as tested by IQ, you tend to regress to the norm of the people you associate with. Good enough reason to stay out of some of the forums here, I'd say, though it coukd be a good reason to be active on HP in general.
Now Aristotle is my man. I am studying Ethics and it covered him in the beginning. Love him. Great philosophies. and Plato , Socrates. I love philosophies.... very intersting to compare. Still, He is not the most intelligent to have been born, but he's up there for sure.
I highly doubt it. Socrates and Aristotle come to mind as does Newton, Darwin, Curie and the first man to figure out that saving fire for future use might be handy. They all just didn't have the work of countless generations to build on.
true. Mordern day scientist are just building on others knowledge and they do have to work from the ground up. They are still brilliant, but they already have a foundation to go on. Teh ancients did not. And that is why they are loved and revered and remembered.
Most of these 'discoverers' lived at a time when a lot less was known of scientific matters and the universe, so they must have seemed above average intelligence. They all deserve their place in history, of course. One thing they were all able to do is 'think outside the box' during their lifetimes.
Perhaps some were geniuses, but only because they came up with insightful, simplified solutions that others hadn't previously imagined.
There's still so much to discover about many things. Even today there are many scientists and technicians working behind the scenes, making some revelatory discoveries. You just never hear of them..they aren't 'celebrities'. I guess science isn't as sexy as it once was
It's the open-minded people that are able to look at the big picture, and think laterally, that leads to new discoveries.
From an article I've read on him, he actually had 73% more glial cells than the average person his age. Those cells are what feed and nourish our brains network of neurons. His brain was also 15% wider than ours, giving him powerful visualization skills. Those regions of the brain are largely responsible for visuospatial cognition, mathematical thought, and imagery of movement.
I absoulutely define him as a genius, one of infinite knowledge beyond science and physics. He shared his knowledge of life in the most interesting ways of intllect as well as common sense. “The contrast between the popular assessment of my powers … and the reality is simply grotesque.” -Albert Einstein Here's an interesting article about the pathologist who kept Einsteins brain and studied it: http://www.damninteresting.com/the-wher … eins-brain
He said that the speed of light is the limit of speed. Well I believe that he was wrong with that assersion. When two photons travel towards each other and inter-mingle their gravity fields then the microscopic change between the two energy fields travels at twice the speed of light and so what happens in that space?. Perhaps another dimension of space and time or perhaps nothing. So lets think and not set into stone one mans idea although his ideas were well founded If this is right then the man was wrong. Perhaps the solution is Under our noses & in retrospect and with the benefit of hindsight. Let me know it will make a controversial Hub...:-). Higgs Bosen is ready to be Shot Dead?.
He had a very distinctive advantage....he used his mind as a simulator to visualise his ideas. He was able to visualise because he was dyslectic....he had an extra large left hemisyhpere to his brain as do other dyslectic people. But he had good schooling and that made a great difference.
He had a great mind and was very inventive but that was because he had a dyslectic mind that was well schooled and that gave him visuality that ordinary people do not have. Dyslectic people are in my opinion the greatest untapped resource on this planet for abilities of visual thought and planning. And that descripsion embodies the Man Einstein and his theories that first emerged with the prediction of the obiting planet Mercury and its predicted movement during an earths eclipse. An amazing man in his time and space as we all are!.
He was raised in a unique environment and was gifted with a very talented mind. I think the surrounding circumstances contributed a lot. you seem very intellectual and smart too beebong. Thanks for sharing this information.
Watch the world as it becomes more visual....then dyslectic people who have been lucky to have been taught properly within the confines of their disability will make such a big positive difference to our world. It will be like having a million Leonado De Vinchi's in our presence in the same era. One day wonderful. Good night...its been a pleasure to express. here is 1:30am and I am off to bed. But thanks for your company.
do you refute these facts from Dr Diamond report about Einstein s brain : ( A brain’s network of neurons are fed and nourished by cells called glial cells. Dr. Diamond compared the percentage of glial cells in Einstein’s brain to that of other men who died at the age he did, and found that his contained about 73% more than the average. This indicated that Einstein’s neurons probably had a greater metabolic need; they needed and used more energy. ) look ae link that that Chery generously provided for this discussion : http://www.damninteresting.com/the-wher … eins-brain
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