I happen to read, for ‘n’th time, ‘The Einstein factor’ written by Win Wenger and Richard Poe. Every time the book is read it gives more and more insite in area unknown and known. Amazing Experience – Read this
This ancient view is not far from the truth .Each of us does indeed possess a thinking machine vastly superior to our feeble conscious minds.The mathematician John von Neumann once calculated that the human brain can store up to 280 quintillion-that’s 280,000,000,000,000,000,000-bits of memory.Many call that a conservative figure. Estimates of the brain’s speed of operation have ranged from 100 to 100.000 teraflops (a teraflop is 1 trillion flops ,the standard measure of computing speed). Compare that speed to the world’s fastest supercomputer, theCM-5 which clanks along at an arthritic 100 gigaflops or 100 billion flops.That’s 10 17 brain flops versus 10 11 CM-5 flops.
Despite all this awesome computing power in our heads, most of us are hard put to multiply two-digit figures without resorting to a calculator, while even fewer can manage the New York Times crossword puzzle or remember what they had for dinner last Wednesday, Only the Mozarts, the Einsteins, and the da Vincis-an infinitesimal silver of humanity-seem to use their brainpower efficiently (and the evidence shows that even they employ but a fraction of their intellect). So stupendous do their talents seem to the rest of us that we look upon such geniuses much as the ancients did-as divinely gifted beings endowed with what appear to be supernatural powers.
The Elusive Genius
But are geniuses really so different from the rest of us ? You would hardly think it by looking at their school records or job histories. Seldom do bona fide geniuses distinguish themselves early in life. Many are labeled “difficult”, “slow,” or even “stupid.” The renowned mathematician Henri Poincare did so poorly on the Binet IQ test that he was judged an “imbecile”. Thomson Edision, whose record 1,093 patents outstripped every inventor in history and transformed human life, was notoriously slow in school.
” My father thought I was stupid,” Edison later recalled, “and I almost decided I must be a dunce.”
As a child, Albert Einstein, too, appeared deficient to his elders , partly due to his dyslexia, which caused him great difficulty in speech and reading.
” Normal childhood development proceeded slowly,” recalled his sister, Maja Winteler-Einstein, “ and he had such difficulty with language that those around him feared that he would never learn to speak…. Every sentence he uttered, no matter how routine, he repeated to himself softly, moving his lips. This habit persisted into his seventh year.”
Young Einstein’s poor language skills provoked his Greek teacher tell him, “You will never amount to anything.” Einstein was later expelled from high school and flunked his college entrance exam, After finally completing his bachelor’s degree, he failed utterly to attain either an academic appointment or a recommendation from his professors. Forced to accept a lowly job in the Swiss patent office, Einstein in his mid-twenties seemed distined for a life of mediocrity.
But in his twenty-sixth year, Einstein did the unexpected. He published his Specail Theory of Relativity – which contained his famous formula., E- mc2 – in the summer of 1905. Sixteen years later, he had won a Nobel prize and become an international celebrity. Even today, forty years after his death, Einstein’s numinous eyes, bushy mustache, and shock of silver hair remain the quintessential image of “genious,” his name a synonym for supernormal intelligence.