The Real Story Behind “Real Genius”

The 1985 movie Real Genius depicts the adventures of brilliant physics students at the fictional Pacific Tech University. If you are unfamiliar with it, you can read a plot synopsis here. While the film itself is classified as fiction, it appears to have drawn upon a number of real-life people and events -- most of whom... Continue Reading →

e=mc2? Big Deal…. We Want to Know About His Report Card

An often-repeated legend tells of Albert Einstein struggling so hard with math and physics that he failed his college entrance exams. In reality, Einstein excelled in both subjects. One possible reason for this urban legend is the fact that Einstein's school changed its grading system part-way through his tenure as a student. Where a "1"... Continue Reading →

Genius Unlocked By a Blow to the Head

In 1979 10-year-old Orlando Serrell was hit in the head with a baseball. Unharmed, except from a temporary headache, the accident unlocked amazing mental capacities, making Serrell an "acquired savant" (one who develops genius capabilities at some point after birth). Since that day he has developed incredible abilities relating to the calendar. He can, for... Continue Reading →

Creative Eccentricities

They say that genius and eccentricity go together. Perhaps that's why these creative geniuses required Rudyard Kipling would only write when he had black ink in his pen. Ludwig von Beethoven poured ice water over his head when he sat down to compose music, believing it stimulated his brain. Charles Dickens wrote (and slept) facing... Continue Reading →

Making Everyone Else Seem Insignificant… One Accomplishment At A Time

John Von Neumann (December 28, 1903 – February 8, 1957) was a pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor and polymath. He made major contributions to mathematics (foundations of mathematics, functional analysis, ergodic theory, geometry, topology, and numerical analysis), physics (quantum mechanics, hydrodynamics, and fluid dynamics), economics (game theory), computing (Von Neumann architecture, linear programming, self-replicating machines,... Continue Reading →

A Very Big Piece of Pi

Daniel Tammett first came to worldwide prominence on March 14th, 2004 – otherwise known as Pi Day (3/14). To raise money for an epilepsy foundation, Tammett spent five straight hours reciting the numeric value of pi to the 22,514th decimal place, all from memory. Tammett, an epileptic, had picked up his remarkable memorization skills after... Continue Reading →

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