Divine Fury: A History of Genius, by Darrin M. McMahonRead about another entry on the list.
If you asked a roomful of people for a definition of genius, you’d probably get plenty of “hmmms…” and “ums,” proffered names of great scientists, athletes, and artists, stories of Socrates, and a cornucopia of associated qualities: transcendent intelligence, ineffable creativity, and the (evil genius’s) terrible talent for destruction. McMahon, an FSU historian who previously authored Happiness: A History, collects the wildly divergent applications of the word, beginning with its first use 2,000 years ago, and assesses its impact as a cultural concept. Divine Fury may not help you formulate a succinct definition, but it will vastly enrich your understanding of genius.
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