Do You Have to Be a Genius to Do Great Science?

Apparently the jury is still out on this issue but the links below provide some encouragement:

Update: I have just found an interesting follow-up on the Cult of Genius post, The Cult of Theory, at Chad Orzel’s blog.

Update 2: an interesting recent discussion at the Backreaction blog.

Update 3: see this post by Peter Turney and this article


2 Responses to Do You Have to Be a Genius to Do Great Science?

  1. Alex says:

    I also think that some people don’t have the kind of personality required to do well in math. In order to do well in math and other sciences, you have to be able to sort of sit down, shut yourself off from the world, and solve a problem. Most people just don’t have that kind of concentration or the “warrior” spirit to keep solving things.

  2. Mr X says:

    they lack interest, or are more interested in other stuff.. lack concentartion .
    I agree with you but ones personality changes. If the interest rises, one can concentrate harder.

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