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Genius: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew Robinson

February 2011

ISBN: 9780199594405

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Genius is highly individual and unique yet it shares a compelling quality. In this intriguing introduction Andrew Robinson uses the life and work of familiar geniuses - and some less familiar - to consider what their achievements have in common; whether its heredity, education, hard work, intelligence or just plain luck.

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Genius is highly individual and unique yet it shares a compelling quality. In this intriguing introduction Andrew Robinson uses the life and work of familiar geniuses - and some less familiar - to consider what their achievements have in common; whether its heredity, education, hard work, intelligence or just plain luck.

  • Features many different geniuses - from Homer, Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, and Shakespeare to Tolstoy, Marie Curie, Darwin, Einstein, Galileo, and Newton - examining their life and work
  • Written by an accomplished writer with an elegant style
  • Considers what characteristics we can use to call someone a 'genius'
  • Explores the role of talent, heredity, parenting, education, training, hard work, intelligence, mental illness, and luck, to name a few, in the making of genius

About the Author(s)

Andrew Robinson, Currently a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge

Andrew Robinson is the author of some twenty books covering both the arts and the sciences, which have been acclaimed by both national newspapers and specialist journals. They include Sudden Genius? The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs, a biographical study of genius, and five biographies of exceptionally creative individuals in a wide range of fields: the physicist Albert Einstein (A Hundred Years of Relativity, 2005), the film director Satyajit Ray (The Inner Eye, 1989), the writer Rabindranath Tagore (The Myriad-Minded Man, 1995), the archaeological decipherer Michael Ventris (The Man Who Deciphered Linear B, 2002), and the polymath Thomas Young (The Last Man Who Knew Everything, 2006).

Table of Contents

    1:Defining genius
    2:Not running in the family
    3:The schooling of genius
    4:Intelligence versus genius
    5:Genius and madness
    6:Chameleon personalities
    7:Art versus sciences
    8:Eureka experiences
    9:Perspiration and inspiration
    10:Genius and us