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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and intellectual historian Darrin McMahon, Dartmouth College. The word "genius" evokes great figures like Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Mozart but what quintessential quality unites these individuals? Can we measure it? Can we create it? This thoughtful conversation explores Darrin's research on the evolution of genius from Plato to Einstein in an effort to illuminate what our evolving genius mythology reveals about the rest of us. This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Something to Declare, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter: I. Opening Up Sightlines - The genius of intellectual historyII. The Equality Paradox - Some more equal than others?III. Towards The Dark Side - The genius as rule-breakerIV. Romantic Genius - Reinvented, suffering and zealousV. Nature vs. Nurture - A threat to equality?VI. Evil Genius - The other side of the coinVII. Geniuses Everywhere - The superhuman condition?VIII. The Future of Genius - Next stepsIX. Gradually Expanding - Genius as cultural phenomenonX. The Science of Genius - Brainology and other talesAbout Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series: This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.