Who was smarter?

Who was smarter (2013)
Common who was smarter Google search suggestions, made on 16 Dec 2013.
In genius rankings, who was smarter [person one] or [person two]? is a popular search query; the dominate examples of which are listed below. [1]

The following are the popular search queries, per Google suggestions, of Albert Einstein or candidates:

Einstein or Newton
Einstein or Tesla
Einstein or da Vinci
Einstein or Hawking
Einstein or Mozart
Einstein or von Neumann
Einstein or Newton or Maxwell
Einstein, Shakespeare, or Mozart

Regarding the "Einstein vs Newton vs Maxwell" comparison, from Quora.com (Ѻ), we note that the phrased listing of the query is ordered per current genius IQ rankings, via IQ assignments of 220, 215, 210, respectively, and is a rather advanced comparison.

The only person who might, as only the future would be able to discern, as his work is too dense to give proper ranking at the moment, outrank all three (Einstein, Maxwell, Newton) would tentatively be Willard Gibbs, whose work made Maxwell become his European publishing agent, and who Einstein characterized as the "greatest mind in American history". Gibbs, like Newton, and Tesla, never married; instead devoted his entire intellectual space-time energy to the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge, in respect to the deeper puzzles and truths of nature. The following "thinness" of ideas and or work quotes by Einstein and Gibbs shows a similar mindset:

“I have little patience for [thinkers] who take on a board of wood, look for its thinnest part, and drill a great number of holes when the drilling is easy.”
Albert Einstein (c.1940), recalled by Philipp Frank [3]

“A person who writes so much must spread his message rather thin.”
Willard Gibbs (c.1901), comment to Edwin Wilson on uncut (unread) books


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A semi-common modern thinker people cite, in “who is smarter?” discussions (Ѻ), is John Neumann, one of the last person’s to have a shot or grasp of the last universal genius title.

Regarding the “Einstein vs Neumann” comparison, we note that American electrical engineering prodigy Claude Shannon, characterized by some as having insight above that of Einstein, described John Neumann, as the ‘smartest person he had ever met’, above that of Einstein—whom he occasionally bumped into at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, where the three of them worked in 1940 to 1941—among others such as child prodigy Norbert Wiener, his semi-rival information theory competitor, or his 200+ IQ test taking buddy Edward Thorp (Ѻ), who together with Shannon, in 1961, invented the world’s first wearable computer. [2] The following is an alternative view, siding with Einstein over Neumann:

“I have known a great many intelligent people in my life. I knew Planck, von Laue and Heisenberg. Paul Dirac was my brother in law; Leo Szilard and Edward Teller have been among my closest friends; and Albert Einstein was a good friend, too. But none of them had a mind as quick and acute as Jansci [John] von Neumann. I have often remarked this in the presence of those men and no one ever disputed. But Einstein's understanding was deeper even than von Neumann's. His mind was both more penetrating and more original than von Neumann's. And that is a very remarkable statement. Einstein took an extraordinary pleasure in invention. Two of his greatest inventions are the special and general theories of relativity; and for all of Jansci's brilliance, he never produced anything as original.”
Eugene Wigner (c.1980) (Ѻ)


The following are the popular search queries, per Google suggestions, of Isaac Newton or candidates:

Newton or Einstein
Newton or Tesla
Newton or Leibniz
Newton or da Vinci
Newton or Einstein or Maxwell

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Who was Smarter (Tesla or Edison)
A 2012-launched RRRater.com poll, which as of 19 Nov 2013 had 255 votes (Ѻ), finding that 59 percent of people believed Tesla to have been smarter than Edison; a comparison discussed more fully on the IQ ranking methodology page.

The following is the second most popular search queries, per Google suggestions, of Nikola Tesla or candidates:

Tesla or Edison
Tesla or Einstein

Some discussion on the "Tesla vs Edison" ranking is found on the IQ ranking methodology page.

The following are most popular search queries, per Google suggestions, of Thomas Jefferson or candidates:

Jefferson or Adams
Jefferson or Hamilton

Here, to note, we may find resolution in the IQ rankings tables in the American Presidents page.

The following are popular search queries, per Google suggestions, of Aristotle or candidates:

Aristotle or Plato
Aristotle, Socrates, or Plato

Here, to clarify, there is no contest: Aristotle wins hands down, he was an epicenter genius, we have Aristotle citation rankings, and he is one of the biggest names in all-time genius IQ rankings

The following are a few "other" comparisons found via Google search for "who was smarter [a-z]" typing search return patterns:

Dawkins or Hitchens
Jobs or Gates
Leonard or Sheldon
Dirac or Feynman (Ѻ)
Curie or Noether

Another related posting is “who is smarter than Einstein?”, along with the related query “who is smarter than Stephen Hawking?”, both of which returns numerous ratio IQ contrived T-shirt of the week anon child prodigies, who take either a 2-3 hour Mensa test or a Wechsler test (Ѻ) and thereafter make it into the news media as being smarter than Einstein, Hawking, and Gates, which are but diseased absurdities resulting from the so-called "inexact science" of genius IQ ranking and the numerous loopholes, gimmicks, and tricks employed therein, for the sake of false-pretense popularization.

On an aside, there’s also a 2008 viral video (Ѻ) about doctor Sherwin Nuland, of Yale University, putting the intellect of Aubrey de Grey above both Einstein and Newton, which is but over-zealousness.
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A circa 1994 Morton Salt advert comparing neurosurgeons with chemical engineers, a play on the famous "you don't have to be a rocket scientist" to figure this out saying.

Then there is the which occupation is the hardest query, a few common examples of which are the search queries:

Engineers or doctors
Engineers or lawyers

The following are related quotes:

“There is a parlor game physics students play: Who was the greater genius? Galileo or Kepler? (Galileo.) Maxwell or Bohr? (Maxwell, but it's closer than you might think.) Hawking or Heisenberg? (A no-brainer, whatever the best-seller lists might say. It's Heisenberg.) But there are two figures who are simply off the charts. Isaac Newton is one. The other is Albert Einstein. If pressed, physicists give Newton pride of place, but it's a photo finish—and no one else is in the race.”
— Thomas Levenson (1997), “Einstein Genius Among Geniuses” (Ѻ)

“Each human being that revolutionized our way of thinking, and carried us one step further, was above the current methods, understanding, and categories. Now you try to categorize and even worse try to decide who was smarter than whom, oh friends, where do you find this spare time to kill? What a futile effort!”
— Anon (2009), forum poster from Turkey (Ѻ)

1. Note: this page was started, on 16 Dec 2013, following a viewing of the Hildago rankings (2012), Cattell rankings (1894), Hmolpedia ranking (2013), Hildago-Cattell combined rankings, and Hildago-Cattell-Hmolpedia combined rankings, in the latter of which only Newton remains, as shown on the Wikipedia 20 most influential people page, after which a search query, in efforts to gauge the Newton/Einstein genius ranking position, on: “who was smarter Newton or Einstein” was broached, in an effort to discern community consensus—following the earlier “no way Einstein above Newton” YouTube smartest person ever five thumbs up forum post.
2. Thims, Libb. (2012). “Thermodynamics ≠ Information Theory: Science’s Greatest Sokal Affair” (url) (pg. 54), Journal of Human Thermodynamics, 8(1): 1-120, Dec 19.
3. Einstein, Albert (c.1940). “Recalled by Philipp Frank” (Ѻ), in: “Einstein’s Philosophy of Science”, Reviews of Modern Physics, 21(3): 349-55, Jul.

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