About the book
What it takes to become a genius: 9 lessons of paradox.
Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Alexander Fleming, Henry Ford, Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Conan Doyle, Theodore Dreiser, John Lennon, Gustav Mahler, Sergei Prokofiev … These people went down in history. Their abilities were unique. Their life was surprising. They were called not only outstanding – they were called geniuses.
But what do we know about geniuses? Are they born or become? What do Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh, and Virginia Wolfe have in common? And can you help your child to become a genius?
The answers to these questions are in the book by Distinguished Professor of Psychology Dean Keith Simonton. For more than four decades, he studied this topic, researched the biographies of famous personalities and compared their IQs. And in the end he wrote a book in which he answered the most exciting questions about genius. He explains whether it is possible to educate your genius, whether the level of IQ is so important, distinguishes between artistic and scientific genius and gives examples of the life of the greats.
Who is this book for?
For anyone who wants to better understand the origins of genius and apply this knowledge.
From the author
Despite the fact that the word “genius” is inclined in every way in pop culture and modern media, it is most often used without any reference to scientific research on this topic. And the study of the phenomenon, by the way, began more than one hundred and fifty years ago and continues to this day. Of course, all these scientific discoveries are inaccessible to the average reader. Most of them are buried in highly specialized journals under the weight of statistics and mathematics that only a few understand. I believe that the main ones should finally be presented to a wider audience. This is one of the main goals of my book. And the best way to do this is to show enough illustrative examples and stories from the lives of famous geniuses.
The roads of genius are sometimes so tangled that they seem very contradictory. For example, how to answer the question: are geniuses born or become? Science tells us that things are different. However, authors often begin to defend one point of view, for example, convincing everyone that geniuses are certainly born. To avoid this oversimplification, I have grouped the scientific findings into nine paradoxical statements (or lessons) that open up questions of genius from different angles. Contradictory as these statements may seem, there is some truth in each of them.
In the end, I ended up with nine paradox lessons that give a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to become a genius. So read it carefully!
About the author:
Dean Keith Simonton is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. He studies human intelligence, creativity, genius, and the psychology of science. He received his master’s degree from Harvard in 1973 and his doctorate in 1975. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Association.
Has over 340 publications, including 13 books. One of them, Origins of Genius, won the William James Book Award.
Author: Dean Keith Simonton
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