Through the use of questions and puzzles, today’s IQ tests evaluate an individual’s capacity to reason and apply knowledge in order to find solutions to difficulties. An intelligence quotient (IQ) trial would often assess a subject’s ability to recall information from both their short-term and long-term memories, as well as how well and how quickly they can solve problems. On the other hand, an intelligence test cannot assess a person’s level of intellect in a similar way that a ruler may measure their height. There is a person who owns the record for having the highest IQ, and that individual is fascinating.
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The question of who has the highest IQ ever recorded will never be settled once and for all, since there is no one definitive standardized test that assesses intellect. Keeping this in mind, let’s meet the individual who has been documented as having the highest IQ in the history of the entire world.
It is speculated that William James Sidis had an intelligence somewhere between 250 and 300. Sidis was a child prodigy who was able to read at the age of 18 months and could talk fluently in many languages by the time he was a teenager. He was able to do both of these things before the age of 18. If we were to judge people’s IQ based on this criterion, he would rank in the uppermost 0.000001% of the population. Putting this into perspective, the typical IQ test is 100, while those with a score of 130 or more are regarded to be “gifted.” Absolutely amazing!
However, there are many who believe that his score was artificially inflated as a result of the media attention that he received when he was a kid prodigy. On the other hand, the mathematician Terence Tao has a proven IQ of 230, making his record-high IQ score the most credible of all record-high IQ scores.
Tao, an Australian-American mathematician who was born in 1975, exhibited a remarkable ability for mathematics at a very young age and continued to demonstrate this aptitude throughout his life. At the age of seven, he started attending high school, where he immediately enrolled in mathematics lessons. At the age of 16, he received his bachelor’s degree, and at the age of 21, he received his doctorate. During an interview with National Geographic, Tao refuted some of the more lofty conceptions of genius by asserting that the only thing that is important for him is “hard work, directed by intuition, literature, and a bit of luck.”