Smartest man in history?

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  1. nitram22 Registered Senior Member

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    smarts or intelligence?

    If I were to give an educated opinion as to the greatest mind of history,I would have to give the prize to a society of peoples rather than one individual. The reason for this reasoning is that all of the theories and ideas one may conceive are developed through the stimulations of past thinking. But the most influential
    and thought provoking society, as well as historically productive in numbers of high IQs are the early Greeks, Particularly, the Athenians. Pericles, Socrates, Aristotle, Hippocrates, Solon, and I could still go on. They truly set a standard of learning that we should strive for always. But if I was forced to pick one man out of the past it would probably be Davinci.
     
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  3. keith1 Guest

    DaVinci had great schooling. They all do.

    "I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing." - Socrates

    "Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory." - Leonardo DaVinci

    "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." -Isaac Newton

    "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
    -Albert Einstein

    courtesy: brainyquote.com
     
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  5. Me-Ki-Gal Banned Banned

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    This is correct. He is said to be the smartest Man ever by many people . It is said He came up with Calculus on a dare while drinking in a pub with his buddies . So He came up with it in 2months after he was dared
     
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  7. nitram22 Registered Senior Member

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    As I have previously stated, Davinci, he was a man ahead of his time. In his drawings, it showed an understanding of concepts that had no history of study
    previously.If one considers, Davinci stood alone in his time. No competing challenges to his ponderings. Even Einstien had developed his theories with a springboard of collaborations by many others and testing methods were more available. But as I have said before, intelligence is relative to the subject matter, and learning complex ideas is not the same as understanding how simple it really is.
     
  8. keith1 Guest

    All intellects have contemporary inspiration from others. Newton had Huygens. Einstein and DaVinci had theirs. Inspiration and Interaction being related.
     
  9. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Said by whom?

    Source?
     
  10. Shogun Bleed White and Blue! Valued Senior Member

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    Him, while drunk in a bar

    He was dared to say it

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  11. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Ah.... "alcohol" explains so much in life, don't you think?
     
  12. Shogun Bleed White and Blue! Valued Senior Member

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    They do wonders....or make you do wonders that you will regret later

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  13. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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    Any given teenager - just ask one.

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  14. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    I read your link so at least agree he was second to none. Newton got the law of refraction slightly wrong, (He had it a ratio of sins). I think Huygens got it right. Neither had the idea of a quantized photon, but Huygens' understanding of light as waves was more nearly correct, IMHO.

    Newton has some very strange (to us "moderns") occult ideas - almost witchcraft, etc. but in a realm that can be tested, (experiments with light) he was unsurpassed.
     
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  15. Shogun Bleed White and Blue! Valued Senior Member

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    ME!!!!

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    jk

    lol I get the joke btw
     
  16. Shogun Bleed White and Blue! Valued Senior Member

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    I nominate St. Thomas Aquinas out of respect. I might not agree with some of his philosophies, but I very much respect him.
     
  17. siphra Registered Senior Member

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    Not trolling just catching up: But, I would say essentially Yes. If someone is brilliant, but does nothing with it that can leave a mark on society, no one will ever know.


    Archimedes
     
  18. Shogun Bleed White and Blue! Valued Senior Member

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    Ah, what about scientists who discover? Discovery and inventions are different.

    Discoveries are just as important.
     
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  19. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    No. Has anyone suggested an "inventor"? For example suggested Edison, etc.
     
  20. keith1 Guest

    Leaving here a moment of silence for the intellects who have left a mark on society, and know one ever knew...
     
  21. keith1 Guest

    DiVinci was mentioned many times.
     
  22. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think of DiVinci as an inventor, more as an artist; However he did make many designs on paper for devices, but built few if any AFAIK. I also think of DiVinci as probably the last man to know all that was known.
     
  23. Honeyb35 Registered Member

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    In my opinion, Albert Einstein is the smartest man in history.
     

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