RANKING THE GREATEST GENIUSES OF ALL TIME Extract from BUZAN'S BOOK OF GENIUS

written by Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene OBE
The categories we determined upon are as folows:

Dominance in Field;

Active Longevity;

Polymathy and Versatility;

Strength and Energy; IQ;

On-Going Influence;

Prolificness and Achievement of Prime Goal.

In each of these categories we have awarded a range of 0 to 100 points, where even a 0, because it is a ranking relating specifically to the 100 Top Geniuses, would indicate, in relation to everyone else, a very high score.

We established three further bonus categories, namely Universality of Vision (bonus of 15), Outstanding originality (bonus of 10) and a deliberate desire to create Teaching Avenues or Academies to further the genius's ideas (bonus of 10). The grand total available is a maximum of 835 possible points.

The Active Longevity category required special attention. Those geniuses who managed their personal physiques to the maximum to ensure the widest possible time span for the accomplishment of their life's visions deserved extra credit.

However, so as not to overweight this category, we established this scale: a range of 16 points from youngest to eldest rewards those who 'hung in' and does not penalise those who died early; on our chart, death between the ages of 33 and 36 scores 84/100, death between the ages of 57 and 60 scores 90.

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