What made his brain so unique? Genetics, or just incredible mental training? I fail to see how it can be possible for someone's brain to be so beyond the ordinary that it almost seems hard to believe.
If you haven't read it, take a look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_von_Neumann#Cognitive_abilities
People studied Einstein's brain. They've also studies Gauss's brain. They've found significant anomalies in both.
I can't find any articles on Von Neumann's brain, though he was probably the greatest genius of the 20th century.
I like this quote from someone talking about von Neumann:
"Von Neumann would carry on a conversation with my 3-year-old son, and the two of them would talk as equals, and I sometimes wondered if he used the same principle when he talked to the rest of us."
He died in 1855.
"Gauss's brain was preserved and was studied by Rudolf Wagner. Highly developed convolutions were found, which in the early 20th century was suggested as the explanation of his genius."
Obviously he had incredible natural talent. Doing massive mental calculations as a small child isn't something you can accomplish by pure training.
But to learn that much mathematics and write that much mathematics the time investment is huge no matter how gifted you are. He worked his ass off for sure.
Also he was very good at impressing people. There's a quote somewhere that the anecdote about the geometric series was something he and a friend read in a book about how to appear smart.
>tfw we will never get a genius like John von Neumann again
>yfw geniuses like John von Neumann are born into a wrong family and never got a chance to touch Math.
I just know he helped in the Manhattan project
And this guy is the true madman