William Shakespeare

What does genius really mean?

What does genius really mean?

To the editor: Author Eric Weiner distinguishes extremely knowledgeable people from true geniuses.

( “If everyone’s a genius, is anyone a genius?” Opinion, Sept. 25)

But I think most geniuses actually come from a different world — they are often persons who make contributions in a field of knowledge despite lacking formal training or professional connections. For example, look to Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Samuel Morse.

Geniuses also distinguish themselves by accepting the risk of an unconventional...