Prodigious Genius:

Prodigious Genius: 

After over 8 years of re-searching Leonardo I've found it really difficult to label him appropriately. The closest I could come was to simply call him a "Genius" but he was in a league of his own. The only people who seem to rival him are people called "Prodigious savants" - but that also didn't quite fit him. He didn't seem to be a savant.
"A prodigious savant is someone with a skill level equivalent to or greater than that of a prodigy, regardless of any cognitive disability. The most common trait of prodigious savants is their seemingly limitless mnemonic skills, with many having eidetic or photographic memories. Prodigious savants are extremely rare, with fewer than one hundred noted in more than a century of literature on the subject. Treffert estimates that fewer than fifty or so such individuals are alive today."
He didn't seem to have an eidetic memory and even mentions in his notebooks that there are too many things to remember so you should write them down and sketch what you see when you see it so you don't forget. While I do think that he had a form of mild autism that accounts for his eccentric behavior and both obsessive focus and concurrent inability to finish anything he didn't display any savantish abilities.
So in my quest to slap a label on his amazing mind I decided that he was worthy of a new title: I'm calling it a Prodigious Genius.
What is a Prodigious Genius and how is it different from a "normal" genius? Well I would say that a Prodigious genius is well versed in many subjects. The closest other term would be a "Polymath" which is has become almost synonymous with a "Renaissance Man": 
is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply be someone who is very knowledgeable. Most ancient scientists were polymaths by today's standards. The term was first used in the seventeenth century but the related term,polyhistor, is an ancient term with similar meaning."
While a polymath is someone who knows a lot about a lot of things, a  Prodigious Genius is someone who contributes something new and original or revolutionary to many different fields. Anyone could potentially learn what others have already taught - and memorize it. A prodigious Genius might not even know about those fields, there may not even be those subjects to study - they CREATE them.
The main thing that separates a Prodigious Genius from other Geniuses is their creativity and imagination. They don't just think outside of the box - they turn boxes into spheres.
There have probably been quite a few potential prodigious geniuses throughout history - the problem is that even fewer get the chance to reach this potential. With most of the world being illiterate and uneducated and having no access to any knowledge outside of family stories - it's only been a very select few that were given the opportunity and had the innate mental capacity to achieve such intellectual heights. Even if someone had - we would never know about them unless they left something behind for us to find.
So who else could be considered in these elite ranks? Einstein? Shakespeare? The Pyramid Designers? Steve Jobs? No, not even Einstein. A prodigious Genius is someone who is universally creative and revolutionary and isn't specific to only one field, or even a couple subjects. They are people who are capable of revolutionary ideas in almost everything they attempt. Einstein was inarguably a genius, but his focus and range was limited. Leonardo's focus was such that he could focus on one subject - take it to its greatest heights - and then focus on the next thing and do the same- and repeat this for dozens of fields - even physics.
The only other person I've come across that comes close to rivaling Leonardo da Vinci is Nikola Tesla. This will be explored even further in my book! 
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