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Please vote here if you knew there'd be a picture of Einstein[edit]

Yea: 15,253,101
Nay: 0

Listed examples should be cited specifically to a source[edit]

This article accumulates names of persons who are claimed to be geniuses, but usually without citing any source. I have the Cox source (an old source) cited in the article in my office. I also have the newer (and better) books Genius 101 by Dean Keith Simonton and Genius: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Robinson in my office. We should be checking sources together before adding names of examples to this article, to make sure we are talking about examples who are generally regarded in reliable sources to be geniuses. I'll try to clean up this article with this long-standing issue in mind, and I invite everyone to join in on checking reliable sources. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 20:15, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

False statement: Gauss did not discover the normal distribution[edit]

The section titled Galton contains this sentence:

"Gauss discovered the normal distribution (bell-shaped curve): given a large number of measurements of the same variable under the same conditions, they vary at random from a most frequent value, the "average," to two least frequent values at maximum differences greater and less than the most frequent value."

No, Gauss (1777-1855) did not discover the normal distribution. It was known at least by the time of Abraham de Moivre (1667-1754), who discovered that it is an approximation to the binomial distribution that becomes exact in the limit, as the number of trials approaches ∞. (See de Moivre–Laplace theorem.)

It is possible that Gauss discovered the (more general form of) the Central Limit theorem. Perhaps that is why his name is attached to the normal distribution (also known as the Gaussian distribution). But he most definitely did not discover it.Daqu (talk) 22:47, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Mozart Bias[edit]

'Leonardo da Vinci is widely acknowledged as having been a genius and a polymath.'

'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, prodigy and music genius '

Beingsshepherd (talk) 23:18, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

Do you have any reliable sources on the topic of genius at hand? -- WeijiBaikeBianji (Watch my talk, How I edit) 16:41, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
The captions cited above don't, and by this article's own admission:
'There is no scientifically precise definition of genius, and the question of whether the notion itself has any real
meaning has long been a subject of debate, ...' Beingsshepherd (talk) 14:47, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Heritability of genius[edit]

I realize that there is already a (controversial) article on heritability of IQ, but I would like to see a section on this topic. Looking back at old notes on this topic, I have this article The Genetics of Genius (1998) by David Lykken which talks about how Secretariat's children didn't reach his level and also brings up the example of Carl Friedrich Gauss but "taught himself to read and to do simple arithmetic by the time he was three years old". II | (t - c) 17:23, 11 June 2016 (UTC)