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    I started the exact same thread on a socionics forum. So thus I proceed. Here are some people who were child prodigies during their childhood. What do you think is the MBTI type of each? Also, do you think that there is any correlation whatsoever between MBTI type and child prodigies?

    Norbert Wiener, mathematician


    Terrence Tao, mathematician


    Blaise Pascal, mathematician


    Brian Greene, theoretical physicist, mental calculator


    John von Neumann, mathematician (among other things)


    Daniel Tammet, mental calculator, linguistic savant


    H.P. Lovecraft, writer


    Pablo Picasso, visual artist


    Jeremy Bentham, philosopher, social reformer


    John Stuart Mill, philosopher, social reformer


    Bobby Fischer, grandmaster, chess prodigy


    Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician


    Ruth Lawrence, mathematician


    William James Sidis, polymath, mathematician, scholar


    Paul Erdos, mathematician
    "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..." - G.H. Hardy

    "Another roof, another proof." - Paul Erdős

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    Erdos, at a guess, INTP.

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    Bobby Fisher: ENTp

    H.P. Lovecraft: INTp

    Daniel Tammet: ENTp or ISTp

    Brian Greene: INTj

    Blaise Pascal: ISFj

    William James Sidis: ESTp

    Ruth Lawrence: ESFj

    Terrence Tao: ENTp

    Best guesses...

    I don't want to use MBTI types here because then they would all be stereotypical NTs.

    And keep in mind, I'm not very good at Socionics, so take my types with a grain of salt.

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    John von Neumann strikes me as an ENTJ, from what little I've read of his biography.

    Erdos -- INTP.

    Dunno much about the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemo View Post
    John von Neumann strikes me as an ENTJ, from what little I've read of his biography.
    Definitely.

    @ Uber:
    Ruth Lawrence as an ESFj? I doubt it. Also, I am pretty sure that Brian Greene is an Exxp type. Sidis is definitely not an ESTp. I could agree with the rest.
    "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..." - G.H. Hardy

    "Another roof, another proof." - Paul Erdős

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkw View Post
    Definitely.

    @ Uber:
    Ruth Lawrence as an ESFj? I doubt it. Also, I am pretty sure that Brian Greene is an Exxp type. Sidis is definitely not an ESTp. I could agree with the rest.
    I'm using Socionics Visual Identification (to the best of my ability). Ruth Lawrence appears to be an ESFj in Socionics, Greene an INTj.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    I'm using Socionics Visual Identification (to the best of my ability). Ruth Lawrence appears to be an ESFj in Socionics, Greene an INTj.
    Aha. I thought you were socio-typing them by using model A blocks. In my opinion, V.I. is very dubious. I would not be surprised if there were a correlation between facial expressions and voice tone, yet a correlation between facial structure and personality sounds like rubbish to me.
    "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..." - G.H. Hardy

    "Another roof, another proof." - Paul Erdős

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    ILI-Ni/INTp

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    I think Bobby Fischer was an MBTI INTJ, if that makes you feel better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    With that said, I think Bobby Fischer was an MBTI INTJ.
    Sounds rather reasonable. Definitely IxTx. Rather interesting character, he was.
    "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..." - G.H. Hardy

    "Another roof, another proof." - Paul Erdős

    INTJ (I = 100, N = 100, T = 88, J = 43)
    Solitary/Idiosyncratic, 5w6 sp/sx
    RL(x)EI (RlxE|I|)- Inquisitive Dominant
    Reserved Idealist
    ILI-Ni/INTp

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    Care to name a few more non-mathematician prodigies? I only say that because this is a cool idea but I don't find mathematicians interesting for the most part.

    I'll take a stab at Picasso though, but I'll need to look at some of his works and read about him a bit more.

    Cool idea!

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