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The Ultimate Genius Quiz
by Staff
Geniuses are valued because they're the ones who push human progress in great and sudden bursts. Without geniuses, we'd likely still be living in caves. If you think you're a genius now, we bet you won't when you finish this quiz.

Which of these geniuses was the first to determine that electricity could be sent long distances with little energy loss using an alternating current and transformers?

  • Nikola Tesla
  • Thomas Edison
  • Elisha Gray

This genius writer wondered if madness might be "the loftiest intelligence," and if perhaps "all that is profound" might spring "from the disease of thought."

  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This amazing and religious genius believed that his insights into the functioning of the universe were merely recovered artifacts of "ancient wisdom" from pre-Christian civilizations that understood the principles of the universe.

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • L. Ron Hubbard
  • Sir Isaac Newton

The water screw, still saving lives of people in rural areas without access to clean water, was invented by which ancient genius inventor?

  • Archimedes
  • Ts'ai Lun
  • Ibn al-Haitham

The thought experiment of Quantum Suicide theoretically proves Hugh Everett III's Many-Worlds explanation of quantum mechanics. Which of these physics geniuses came up with the Quantum Suicide experiment?

  • Neils Bohr
  • Max Planck
  • Max Tegmark

This physicist lost out to arguably the most well-known genius of all time, Albert Einstein, in the explanation of why the time-space continuum falls apart near the speed of light because he concluded it was due to changes in "the ether":

  • Werner Heisenberg
  • Pascual Jordan
  • Hendrik Lorentz

Which ancient Greek genius philosopher was made to execute himself by drinking a cup of poisonous hemlock as his sentence for publicly criticizing the ruling class?

  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Aristotle

This genius predicted the existence of the hawk moth (or something like it) based solely on his observations of the structure of the Star of Bethlehem orchid:

  • John Muir
  • Elizabeth Britton
  • Charles Darwin

This ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) genius is considered "the first figure of a physician to stand out clearly in the mists of antiquity" -- 2,500 years before the "father of medicine," Hippocrates.

  • Imhotep
  • Khufu
  • Thoth

Who is widely considered the first female genius on record?

  • Electra
  • Hypatia
  • Helen