CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TheBestSchools.org is excited to announce the publication of an informative and entertaining new piece called "The 50 Greatest Living Geniuses." As its title suggests, "Geniuses" is a virtual tour of brilliance and boldness as it lives and breathes in the 21st Century.
"The 50 Greatest Living Geniuses" takes its reader beyond the IQ tests and university lecterns to offer a perspective on genius as something varied, nuanced, and defiant of easy classification. The staff at TBS has plumbed the depths of recent human achievement with admiration, awe, and amusement. In addition to the full article, we also developed a slideshow version of the 50 geniuses article.
The product of this investigation is a collection of figures who are responsible for stoking our imagination, inspiring us to greater heights, improving the world around us, and generally expanding the breadth of human accomplishment. From Stephen Hawking to Tony Hawk, from Oprah to Obama, from the Paypal Mafia to the Wu-Tang Clan, TheBestSchools.org celebrates genius in all its forms.
"The 50 Greatest Living Geniuses" resists a narrow definition of genius, attributing equal footing to academic, artistic, and athletic excellence. As TBS staff writers recognize, "If every genius was just a great artist, nobody would know how to do any of the accounting. If every genius was just super-good at math, all art would be rendered in connect-the-dot form. The world needs engineers and entertainers; academics and antagonists; athletes and mathletes."
Michael Jordan's gravity-defying dunks, Judit Polgar's off-the-charts chess-mastery, Larry Page's world-changing algorithms, and Joel Coen's artfully absurd direction are all evidence that individuals are capable of staggering things. With its collection of 50 greatest living geniuses, TBS commends those whose imagination, innovation, and ingenuity have forged our technology, powered our economy, defined our culture, and shaped our way of life.
TBS expects and hopes that this roster of colorful characters will provoke debate, incite discussion, generate collegial disagreement, and ultimately promote reflection.
What makes this list particularly exciting is that so many of those included continue to create, lead, and inspire today. "The 50 Greatest Living Geniuses" doesn't just look back to the accomplishments of great people. It also gives readers a tantalizing glimpse at what humanity might achieve in the not-too-distant future.