Rank the top 5 geniuses of all time.

1. Anonymous

2. Hong Kong Fuey

3. Leisure Suit Larry

4. a perfectly normal human being

5. Sir Woke XR Remainer FBPE MBE

 

Einstein

Newton

Plato

Lizz Truss

Devi Sridhar

1. Wiley

2. Dizee Rascal

3. Skepta

4.Lethal Bizzle

5. Furio "Money" Grosso

  1. Cantona
  2. Best
  3. Scholes
  4. B. Charlton
  5. C. Ronaldo

Obviously

1. Mozart

2. Shakespeare

3. Pindar 

4. Leonidas

5. Lady Thatcher

1. Mozart

2. Newton

3. Messi

4. Shakespeare

5. Galileo

Bach

Shakespeare

Julius Caesar

El Greco

Bradman

 

Shakespeare is the only genius that appears to me superhuman in depth of knowledge of history religion culture combined with wit a stupendous flair for language/poetry and an unparalleled ability to understand and express the human condition.  I simply don’t know how he was possible 

1. Taylor Swift

2. Newton

3. Euclyd

4. Turing

5. Einstein

Feynmann in there somethere too, I guess.

You'd have Sagan in there ahead of Feynman surely if you're going for modern

 

Guy, Newton was a more astounding polymath than Billy S

I'd say Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy. 

Einstein, Leibniz, Newton. Not sure who gets it for quantum mechanics. 

Keynes, Russell, Chomsky.

Assorted mathmos. 

 

Noam Chomsky is one of the top 5 geniuses of all time?  Really?

Assorted mathmos 

Who doesn't respect a lava lamp?

 

 

  1. Rof Royalty
  2. Davos2021
  3. feelingchill
  4. TCV
  5. Jellymonster

No Gauss? I think he has to be in there ...

 

1. Newton

2. Mozart

3. Aristotle

4. Shakespeare

5. Darwin

Honourable mentions

Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Voltaire, Bertrand Russell, Einstein. 

 

After careful deliberation and consideration, it was not possible to accommodate any of the OP’s nominations in the top 5 billion candidates. 

kaulbach m7, aristotle was soooooo derivative

plus cannot believe u haven’t found space for paul lambert 

Da Vinci

Einstein

Newton

Goethe

Bernard Cornwell

How does HG recommend Leibnitz when all he ever did was say "what if I covered the top of this biscuit in chocolate"?

Lol @ the three women mentioned being gag nominations 

Richard Sharpe 

Horatio Hornblower 

Stephen Maturin 

Richard Bolitho 

Thomas Kydd

 

 

Trouble is that any women geniuses would have gone unnoticed because society would not have enabled them to express that genius. I am sure a list made 1000 years from now would look more equal. 

1.    Newton

2.    Archimedes

3.    Da Vinci

4.    Shakespeare

5.    Tesla

Some weird shouts here.

In no particular order:

  • Leibnitz
  • Da Vinci
  • J S Bach
  • Shakespeare
  • Homer/Tagore/Hafiz/Goethe

1. Hypatia.

2. Marie Curie.

3. Clara Schumann.

4. Jane Austen.

5. Hedy Lamaar. 

 

(6. Some men.)

 

I'm genuinely of the view that, had women been more easily afforded the opportunity to attain positions of power and influence for the last two millennia, society would be better for it. 

The Hindu who invented the zero

Alexander Fleming

Marie Curie

Jobs

Steve Bruce

1. Aristotle

2. Leonardo Da Vinci

3. Carl Friedrich Gauss

4. William Shakespeare

5. Karl Marx

Not committing to this as an order but a working too five would be:

- Lenin (the all time political genius IMO)

- Messi 

- Da Vinci

- Newton

- Me

Feels like there should be someone from the ancient world in there.

I might dump Newton for Turing actually.

For business genius it's hard to deny Jeff Bezos his place. 

certainly a genius at getting investors, the initial lots of whom didn’t make money, to bankroll a long term loss making business to the point where it crushes the competition. Amazon is a well designed business structurally but it’s commercial success was just brute force.

I don’t tend to be in awe of business people but Bill Gates is probably the most heroic figure of the postwar business world. In the west anyway.

Marvin Bower, the bloke who made McKinsey, also a bit of a legend. 

Not sure what Thandie Newton has done that was so great 

"I'm genuinely of the view that, had women been more easily afforded the opportunity to attain positions of power and influence for the last two millennia, society would be better for it."

 

I love how this was stated as if it is some kind of profound or controversial opinion.

Really? So, what youre saying is that if, over the last 2000 years, women had had more influence society would be better?

Put down the placards ladies. I guess feminism has finally won!

Mary Wollstonecraft

Marie Curie 

Emmeline Pankhurst 

Rosalind Franklin

Christa Wolf

How’s Pankhurst a genius? She was a skilled campaigner but hardly in the same intellectual league as Marie Curie! 

kaulbach, what's your justification for darwin. obs we know the basics

Shakespeare and Bach are on my list. Thatcher is under consideration....

Impossible in any event to rank geniuses. A silly exercise.

Someone’s listed Messi above. He’s probably not as clever as Richard Feynman or Crick and Watson.

Why do you assume, Crypto, that genius is only about right brain science skills?

I’ll trade you Hannah Arendt for Wolf, if you prefer.

If we are going for a female top 5, maybe:

Hildegard Von Bingen

Wu Zetian

Marie Curie

Emily Dickinson

Dorothy Hodgkin

Hmm, I thought Hypatia was a good shout, ticking both the "female" and "ancient" boxes.

And you read your Emily Dickinson

And I, my Robert Frost

Yes and as with nearly all of these people none of them are geniuses.

i would argue hypatia is post-classical rather than ancient world

for ancient, sappho has to be in with a shot - way ahead of her time

Yes and as with nearly all of these people none of them are geniuses.
 

Nearly all or none? 

Diceman - genius is normally evidenced by the beautiful simplicity of the insight or idea, rather than how complex or convoluted it is. Natural selection is a good example. 

“Impossible in any event to rank geniuses. A silly exercise.”

Pointless non-contribution of the week.

Philip Larkin

Dennis Bergkamp

Hazel Hill

Joseph Swan

Antony Gormley (Angel of the North cost £800,000 all in)

 

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“Impossible in any event to rank geniuses. A silly exercise.”

Pointless non-contribution of the week.
 

 

Why thank you, sir. Coming from you that means a lot. 

Although I feel I should point out that, strictly speaking, it was a contribution in the week before last.

Depending on one’s view, it was perhaps the only contribution that matters, objectively speaking.