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The Prodigy: A Biography of William James Sidis, America's Greatest Child Prodigy

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William James Sidis is quite possibly the most intelligent man who ever lived, and virtually no one has heard of him. The son of Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire, his IQ is estimated to have been upwards of 200. He was the youngest person to ever attend Harvard University, enrolling at the age of 11, and began giving lectures at the age 12 to mathematics post-doctorates on the subject of four dimensional bodies. By the age eight he had taught himself eight languages and by the end of his life was conversant in 25. Sidis was scrutinized and harassed by the press throughout his childhood because of his prodigal abilities and lived most of his adult life in seclusion, constantly using pseudonyms to avoid the attention of the media.