10 Smartest People Ever

10 Smartest People Ever


– [Voiceover] Everyone
engages in thought. But that is merely a consequence
of being a human being and fairly unremarkable. There are, however, human minds that have changed the very
nature of how we conceptualize and conceive of things in ways
no one else could have done. Sometimes we call
these minds geniuses. But that actual
name we give them matters less than
what they’ve done. These are the 10 minds that have revolutionized
human thought as we know it. Gottfried Wilhelm
Leibniz is a name that some people should know. But he’s not as popular
as he should be. A contemporary of
Sir Isaac Newton, Leibniz is known to
have independently developed differential
integral calculus, and the two engaged
in a raging debate on who should be given
credit until their deaths. But Leibniz, unlike Newton,
was a true polymath. Whereas Newton spent
his spare time engaged in studying biblical
prophesy and alchemy, Leibniz was making important
contributions to many areas of thought and science. Some of his philosophical ideas, such as the universe
being formed of elementary
particles called monads anticipated the modern
understanding of things such as molecules and atoms. Leibniz also made essential
contributions to other fields and could well be thought of as the first computer scientist
and information theorist. Which can be summarized
in his concept of the Calculus Ratiocinator,
or universal calculator, where he anticipates
the existence of the modern computer
centuries in advance. He might not be well known,
if only because he’s German, but Leibniz made lasting and
significant contributions to the building blocks of
modern science and thought. Very few people outside of
linguist circles have heard of Panini. But writing in the 4th century
BCE in India, he devised many of the concepts concerning
grammatical analysis and structure of
language 2000 years before anyone else had
put anything together of similar thoroughness. Embodied in his
Sanskrit grammar, where he formulated a
staggering set of rules, numbering 3,959, he
expounds in depth on topics such as phonology,
syntax, and morphology to an astounding degree
that would only take place more than two millennial
later in Europe. He’s even credited
with developing the
first formal system that to a certain
degree is mirrored in modern-programming languages. Alan Turing is rightly called
the father of the computer, and was a truly brilliant mind. He was, of course, best known
for his cryptography skills which came into full
effect when he successfully and almost single handedly
cracked the enigma code of the Axis powers
during World War II. Morse-coded radio
communications that, after having been cracked, gave the allied powers
a substantial advantage over the Axis powers. However, Turing’s greatest
contribution was that of the concept of
binary computation, which is why he is called the
Father of Modern Computers. Since all modern computers run on the principle of
binary computation, which in simple terms means a system based
on zeroes and ones. Without this concept, the modern computer might
never have been developed. Unfortunately for Turing, the British government convicted
him of the alleged crime of homosexuality,
and he was sentenced to chemical castration
as a consequence. Two weeks after his conviction,
he committed suicide, and decades later, the queen
pardoned him for his crime. John Von Neumann
is cited by some as the smartest man
who has ever lived. And, though that is debatable, this Hungarian-American
thinker was a true polymath. He was deeply involved
in the Manhattan Project, along with many other
famous physicists, and like Turing is
considered a founding father of modern computing. But his work was
so all-encompassing that it is hard to
summarize it all. In the field of
computer science, one of his greatest
contributions was the Von Neumann
Architecture, which was the first
design structure for the electronic
digital computer. He also founded Modern
Mathematical Game Theory, which extending beyond
pure mathematics has had a tremendous impact
across disciplines ranging from biology to economics
to sociology and beyond. Von Neumann is also
interestingly credited with devising the
equilibrium strategy behind mutually
assured destruction, which he humorously called MAD and made important contributions
to various weaponry in the nuclear-arms race. When fellow Hungarian
Eugene Wigner who won the Nobel Prize
in physics in 1963, was asked why the Hungary of his time had produced
so many geniuses, his reply was simple. Neumann was the only genius. Considered to possibly be
the greatest mathematician of all time, Archimedes of
Syracuse was a pioneer in mathematics and invention. Nearly 2000 years prior
to its development by Newton and Leibniz, Archimedes anticipated
modern calculus by using concepts
with infinitesimals. He was also one of the
first, if not the first, applied mathematician using
mathematical calculations applied to physical phenomena,
such as his inventions. He’s credited with founding
both hydro-statics and statics along these lines and
applying these principles to all manner of mechanics
used in warfare and defense. Unfortunately, much if not most of Archimedes legacy
has been lost to time, as very little of his
original work survives today. But that which does survive
lends credence to his title as the greatest mathematical
mind of all time. Leibniz said of him, “He
who admires Archimedes and Apollonius will admire
less the achievements of the foremost men
of later times.” It is possible that William
Shakespeare’s literary genius is unrivaled, not just in
the English-speaking world, but beyond. A major playwright whose drama
depicts virtually every facet of human psychology and a
poet of unparalleled skill, Shakespeare remains a
mystery to this day. His vocabulary and
understanding of human nature have long made scholars
question his authenticity. But his legacy is such that
his plays still resonate today in the 21st century, and many look up to
him as a role model of just how good
a writer can be. As Prince Hamlet states, “The
play indeed is the thing. Serbian born Nikola Tesla could very well be the
most important inventor of the 20st century, and
possibly of all time. His contributions are
almost too numerous to list. But a short list of them
would be the radio, x-rays, remote control, the
laser, robotics, and wireless communication. Tesla also was able to
perform integral calculus in his head, which made many of his
early teachers suspect him of cheating. And perhaps his greatest talent was combining his innate genius
with the power of vision. Perhaps more so than
any others on this list, Tesla was a futurist
and someone who believed in the transformative
power of technology. The idea, for example,
of the electric car can ultimately be
traced back to him. And many of our modern
convenience technology can be attributed
to him as well. And you know the Tesla cannon
from games such as Fallout? That, too, stemmed from him, as he synthesized the idea of
the directed-energy weapon. Niccolo Di Bernardo
Dei Machiavelli was an Italian politician
and philosopher, whose famous book, The Prince,
laid down the principles of modern duplicitous
statecraft, which is to say lying, cheating, and keeping
a population in fear. He is quoted as saying, “It is better to be
feared than loved.” And his theory of
politics was one that stressed the
necessity of ruthlessness in order to keep the
population in line, and where the ends always
justified the means. Many dictators in the
20th century admired him. Unsurprisingly,
Joseph Stalin read and kept an annotated
copy of The Prince. Francis Bacon was an English
statesman, orator, philosopher and scientist. Generally considered
to be the father of the scientific method, which is a hallmark of
modern scientific conduct, Bacon carefully
stressed the importance of inductive reasoning based
on the observation of nature, careful testing and measuring,
and seeing whether or not the observed phenomena
fit the data available. In this sense, he is one
of most impactful figures of all time because this
methodology is universal in the sciences to this day. Bacon was so brilliant that
skeptics of the authenticity of Shakespeare often posit
Francis Bacon as the real author behind the literary works. Charles Darwin rightfully
takes the spot of number one as the human mind that
revolutionized human thought. His theory of evolution
and the descent of man transformed our understanding
of biological life forever, and still more importantly, transformed the very way
in which we view ourselves as human animals. Until Darwin, people thought
that humans were unique in their place in
the animal kingdom, and specially chosen by God, but Darwin’s theory of evolution
through natural selection shattered that belief because, of necessity,
humans had to be included in the group of animals
that evolved over time. After his death, the theory
of evolution continued to be vindicated in
the form of fossils and later on the
discovery of DNA and the modern
science of genetics. No human mind has had
as transformative effect on the world as
Charles Darwin has. For more topics, just
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99 thoughts on “10 Smartest People Ever”

  1. What about the author of 'A Brief History of Time #2' which explains many mysteries of Earth, time and space?

  2. I’m sorry but how can someone with the second name “Bacon” be taken seriously or even called “smart.”

  3. Not very PC is it? Where are the blacks, the women and the transgenders? Immediately change the list to reflect accurately the inter-sectional diversity of our times! We know now that all people are equal and equally smart so this must all be a racist patriarchal plot.

  4. No, humans are still most definitely different than animals and are children of God! Evolution was around far before Darwin, he just explicitly changed it to be atheistic, even though abiogenesis contradicts empirical science so far with Louis Pasteur’s experiment with spontaneous generation, showing no life can be created without other life. Really, neither abiogenesis (abiogenesis being able to be reproduced) or a lack thereof (abiogenesis not being able to be reproduced) matters for God’s existence and his creating us, but Darwin used abiogenesis, which contradicts modern empirical science experiments such as Pasteur’s, to purposefully attack Christianity and Judaism. And he was in seminary actually, with little formal scientific training. Maybe he just didn’t want to do his homework? lol. Atheists have jumped on this, though, to assume a philosophy of non-God, based on some science which had nothing to do with God’s existence or creation of us, and may even be wrong—about abiogenesis being possible—and which currently contradicts empirical science. Which means right now, naturalistic evolution against God is basically just a philosophy, a priori, that contradicts empirical science as it stands… This will possibly change, but it shows the weakness of naturalistic evolution scientifically and how it’s being pushed philosophically and politically. And don’t forget, Science Without God is Nazism.

  5. The video is misleading.
    isaac newton was superior to leibniz in mathematical ability.
    compare principia and any of leibniz's writings.

  6. Utter crap. My grandad was smarter that all of them simply because he knew how to properly tie his own shoelaces.

  7. Tesla for #1 you wouldn't be watching this without electricity, I am an older guy who remembers no remote controls too, no refrigerators, and Turin wouldn't had the power to turn on a Computer without AC that Tesla gave us . so next time you turn on a light or use an electrical appliance, Think Telsa

  8. I don't know if Darwin is the smartest man to ever live but only Marx rivals him in his destructive impact on human civilization.

  9. I guess someone smarter than the smartest 10 people ever would be qualified to make this determination. If not, I'll go with Einstein as the smartest of all time.

  10. Why isn't Evangelos Katsioulis, world's (Psycholo)Genius, in that list? He's IQ is 200 (adult to say, not child IQ) and he's famous as a therapist of the Souls, magic…

  11. clearly the greatest person, whoever he was, was the man who invented venetian blinds, because without venetian blinds it would nave been curtains for all of us

  12. You said "no human has had as transformative effect on the world as Charles Darwin"? I believe most people in the world today have been impacted due to Tesla's work as opposed to Darwin's, most if not all rational people would agree.

  13. I think that the smartest three in the 20th century are (carl g. jung) (manly p. hall) and (Terence mckenna ) .what do you think?

  14. No daVinci and No Einstein, But Darwin gets the nod????? Evolution is at best, controversial and not proven while RElativity is proven and revolutionary.

  15. How does mozart not make the list? An IQ of 200+, write 700+ pieces of music regarded as the best in history and dead at 34. Clearly the lsit maker was an avowed athiest with no interest in music.

    Darwin??? Bah. The man would be lukcy to be called smart among other people who SHOULD belong on this list

  16. Charles Darwin? Really? At least all the other have had their theories tested but, evolution? It's still just a clever story.

  17. Darwin really wasn't that smart… his theory was just a re-hash of his grandfather's work of transmutationism …the only reason he became a biologist was because he flunked out of medical school… he doesn't belong on this list…

  18. Lists like this are pointless. Just remember individuals for their particular contributions and leave it at that.

  19. Well I think this video was good but Newton, william clerk maxwell, einstein and da vinci should make the list

  20. Only one of these geniuses has even one patent to their name.
    In fact, Nikola Tesla had hundreds of patents to his name.

  21. 10 Smartest People Ever?

    ..feels like your stupid version of the most fantastical amazing yummy mummy ice cream any human has ever tasted… Ever! geez!

  22. I agree with Alan Turing for sure being on the list but there were so many that were left out I’m assuming he picked these people because he wanted a list that wasn’t so well known to make the public more knowledgeable about geniuses throughout history

  23. Newton solved the 2 body problem in all it's glory.
    This achievement represents perhaps the single greatest leap in the history of Science because Newton had to conjure his tools- the Theory of Gravitation and the Mathematical machinery of Calculus from thin air.
    Principia gave all the principles needed for Apollo and the Moon landings.

    In Principia-Part 3, Newton established the motions of the planets around the Sun and determined the Planetary masses relative to that of the Earth.
    He estimated the mass and Density of the Earth to within 20%.
    He accounted for the flattening of the poles due to the Earth's spin and derived the rate of Precession of the Earth's axis due it's non-spherical shape.
    He established a theory of Tidal action, calculated the irregularity of the Moon's orbit due to the attraction of the Sun and analyzed the orbits of the Comets so that their returns could be predicted.
    Each of these feats would have marked Newton for Scientific immortality, that one man accomplished them all is beyond comprehension.

  24. 10 smartest people? Really? Only one person can be smartest, not ten. I'm not even going to waste my time watching it because from the comments I see Newton is at the bottom of the list.

  25. Mother Nature reference is too honest, huh? That Just happens to be my initials. As it were, MS, MP or MG, lastly MB. Too funny.

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