Amy Wallace – The Prodigy

William Sidis, 1897-1944, was the world’s greatest child prodigy. His IQ was an estiamted 50 to 100 points higher than Einstein’s, the highest ever recorded or estimated. His father, a pioneer in the field of abnormal psychology, believed that he and his wife could create a genius in the cradle. They hung alphabet blocks over the baby’s crib-and within six months little Billy was speaking. At 18 months he was reading The New York Times; at three, Homer in the original Greek. At six he spoke at least seven languages.

Told with flair and insight … this is his story.

Author: Amy Wallace
Narrator: Aze Fellner
Duration: 10 hours 27 minutes
Released: 11 Sep 2012
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Language: English

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What happened to William James Sidis is not surprising. Sad, yes, but nothing as complex as the human brain can be predictable. He had great potential as a child but so did Bobby Fischer, the greatest chess player of all time. Both, after amazing feats of brilliance, burned out. “Endgame” can be found at Audible.

If you get a chance, listen to both “The Prodigy” and “Endgame” and compare these two brilliant, but ultimately tragic men. There are many similar examples.