ASSESSING THE ORIGINS OF GENIUS
A scientist postulates that Albert Einstein and Sir Issac Newton may have been suffereing from Asperger's Syndrome
. Einstein was a late talker as a child but the region of his brain that dealt with mathematical reasoning was found to be after his death 15 % larger than normal. Later in life Newton, the inventor of the physics that reigned supreme until the coming of Einstein and Heisenberg, became quite obsessed with theological issues not unlike Einstein's colleague, the great mathematician Kurt Godel
who died paranoid and consumed with demonological studies.
An interesting question is to ask if the most profoundly gifted among us, the tiny fraction of 1 % of the population whose I.Q.'s measure at least 180 or surpass our current psychometric capabilities to even assess accurately, have brains that are phsyiologically different from the rest of us but alike to each other.
Flowers for Algernon anyone ?