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    I vote for CL Sandquist and Joseph Shivers, co-inventors of Spandex, after that I think the greatest leap of knowledge occurred with Archimedes
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    I would have to say the old stand by Albert Einstein is 10 on scale of one to ten. Then with Niels Bohr at 9.9 and Kurt Godel at 9.8. This is a subjective question of course, because I consider the nature of reality and the universe the most important questions.

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    How about Copernicus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkatticus View Post
    I vote for CL Sandquist and Joseph Shivers, co-inventors of Spandex, after that I think the greatest leap of knowledge occurred with Archimedes
    I thought of something after reading your post.

    IMHO - History's greatest genius was a man that most of us have probably never heard of, I didn't know his name until I looked him up in Wikipedia.

    His name is Louis Reard, and he was a French automotive engineer by profession.



    But his genius didn't come from that, it came from another field of endeavor. After WWII, Louis was running his mother's shoe shop in Paris, and he and another designer were involved in a contest to build the world's smallest swimsuit.

    Louis designed a simple two-piece swimsuit that was almost obscenely small - in fact, it was so small that he couldn't find a model willing to model it, and had to hire a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris as his model. Louis then named his swimsuit after the site were American nuclear weapons tests were being conducted in the Pacific.

    And with that simple stroke of genius, Louis Reard gave society his greatest contribution - the bikini!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anansi the Spider View Post
    Who was history’s greatest genius?

    DaVinci? Mill? Curie? Goethe? Leibniz or someone else from the Century of Genius, the 17th century?
    I am tempted to nominate Stalin, after reading his biography written by Service. But do evil people deserve to be recognized as smart? I think they should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kowalskil View Post
    I am tempted to nominate Stalin, after reading his biography written by Service. But do evil people deserve to be recognized as smart? I think they should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkatticus View Post
    I vote for CL Sandquist and Joseph Shivers, co-inventors of Spandex, after that I think the greatest leap of knowledge occurred with Archimedes
    Interesting choice. Though spandex does have its drawbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Winter View Post
    Stalin wasn't evil,he was kind and sympathetic.
    Don't forget cuddly!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kowalskil View Post
    I am tempted to nominate Stalin, after reading his biography written by Service. But do evil people deserve to be recognized as smart? I think they should.
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    He was wily no doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpotsCat View Post
    And with that simple stroke of genius, Louis Reard gave society his greatest contribution - the bikini!
    Easy to see it's a very valuable contribution.
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