These are all very valid arguments. I'm sure his level of intelligence is extremely high and he is among the elite in that sense. But I wouldn't say he is the single most smartest person in the world.
Originally Posted by Standuble
I think he is indeed extremely intelligent but the smartest? The best? I wonder how much of his knowledge is due to his condition - being focused on developing new theories and ideas simply because his condition restricts a lot of alternate tasks. He's had it for decades, I could imagine an alternate Hawking without the illness perhaps being more rounded. I recall him saying in an interview that it was the initial prognosis that he did not have long to live drove him to think in new ways and productively use the time he had left.
Originally Posted by Snoopy22
I would agree that in his area he is extremely smart, and then he could be an idiot in other areas.
Originally Posted by Eruca
The short answer is very likely not. Although he is known for his intelligence, and he no doubt is massively so, there are other factors beyond his intelligence that will have attributed to his status in the public eye. There are sure to be more intelligent, less public geniuses out there.
5w6 or 9w1 sp/so/sx, I think
I think the degree of eccentricity is somewhat proportional to IQ and, in terms of personality, Hawking seems to be much more conventional than I'd expect from the smartest person alive.
A man builds. A parasite asks 'Where is my share?'
A man creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?'
A man invents. A parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... '
He may know a thing or two about calculating math equations in his head, but when it comes to other areas of thinking he doesn't have much knowledge. "Smart" is relative, so when you say smart, smart in what way? What does being smart mean to you? I have observed many errors in his thinking strategies by different documentaries with him and speeches by him.