The assessment of IQ is dating from the early twentieth century, when the French psychologist Alfred Binet devised a series of tests to permit the identification of pupils with learning difficulties.From that moment on, this methodology has been increasingly refined, so it can also venture results related to great personalities of the past. In this way, it was possible to establish a ranking of the 10 most intelligent men in history.
10) Madame de Stael
One of the most prominent figures in the cultural landscape of the nineteenth century, was a woman of letters and political propaganda. She gained fame by keeping a salon for intellectuals, and writing novels, plays, essays on morality, politics, history, and also a number of poems. IQ: 180.
9) Galileo Galilei
Italian astronomer and mathematician, he was one of the protagonists of the scientific revolution of the ‘500, thanks to which, among other findings, was defined with certainty the heliocentric theory of the universe. IQ: 185.
8) Bobby Fischer
The youngest world champion of chess, he learned the rudiments of the game in six years, and already at 16 he decided to leave school to Dedicarcisi completely, breaking every record of consecutive games won; in his career, he lost one competitive match. IQ: 187.
7) Ludwig Wittgenstein
Austrian-English,he is considered by many the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century. He revolutionized the field of analytic philosophy, inspiring many writers and also filmmakers. IQ: 190.
6) Blaise Pascal
Thinker able to escape from philosophy to mathematics to religion, he has laid the foundation for the modern theory of probability, and issued what has become the “law of the pressure of Pascal.” IQ: 195.
5) Stuart Mill
Philosopher, economist and theorist of utilitarianism matrix English nineteenth century, he profoundly influenced the thinking of his time, with great success in a land so steeped in moralizing and subterfuge it was Victorian England. IQ: 200.
4) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
German philosopher who wrote mainly in Latin and French. Educated in law and philosophy, Leibniz became a major factor in European politics and diplomacy of his time. It was also a great mathematician, theorize the binary system, the foundation of all modern computer science. IQ: 205.
3) Emanuel Swedenborg
Scientist, Christian mystic, philosopher and theologian of Swedish origin, he devoted himself to the interpretation of Scripture, understood as God’s Word. Shortly after his death, devoted followers created the Swedenborgiana society devoted to the study of his thought. These companies formed the nucleus of the Church of the New Jerusalem, or New Church. IQ: 206.
2) Leonardo da Vinci
He was one of the greatest geniuses in the history of Italian . He was a painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, creating immortal works in each of these fields; just think of the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper or the many mechanical discoveries that have subsequently allowed the invention of many modern machines. IQ: 208.
1) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One of the most versatile minds that will never be seen, he was a poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theater director, critic and artist. Goethe is the only German literary figure whose international prestige equal to that of philosophers and composers “supreme” in Germany. In the literary culture of German-speaking countries, it has had a dominant position so that by the end of the eighteenth century, his writings were described as “classic”. From a European perspective, it is the central figure of the Romantic movement and unsurpassed. IQ: 210.