#AToZAprilChallenge: Genius

Salvatore Bruno Wikipedia: “A genius is a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of an unprecedented leap of insight. This may refer to a particular aspect of an individual, or the individual in his or her entirety; to a scholar in many subjects (e.g. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz or Leonardo da Vinci)[1] or a scholar in a single subject (e.g., Albert Einstein or Charles Darwin). There is no scientifically precise definition of genius, and the question of whether the notion itself has any real meaning has long been a subject of debate.”

Genius came into English from C14, in its main Latin sense  – from genius – a guardian spirit. It was extended to mean ‘a characteristic disposition or quality’ from C16, as still in ‘every man has his genius’ (Johnson, 1780), and ‘barbarous and violent genius of the age’ (Hume, 1754). The development towards the dominate modern meaning of ‘extraordinary ability’ is complex; it occurred, interactively, in both English and French, and later German. It seems to have been originally connected with the idea of ‘spirit’ through the notion of ‘inspiration’… This sense is always close to the developing sense of Creative… A good test case is ‘the English genius for compromise’. (Keywords)

#FiveSentenceFiction: Delicate

Feynman diagrams The small boy wrote the equation on the blackboard: the symbols he wrote seemed to come alive.

“It’s the greatest equation of all nature… Einstein discovered it…”

On the board the symbols were followed by others, dancing in the morning light, delicate traces of a genius mind, “e to the power of I(pi) plus 1 equals zero” he repeated, leading on to several lines of weird little diagrams.

Later, much later, he told US senators, after the incident of the Shuttle: “I took this stuff that I got out of your seal and I put it in ice water, and I discovered …”

So spoke Richard Feynman (1918-1988).