Memory Palace: William James Sidis, prodigy

 Wp-Content Uploads 2011 01 Wonderful-Boy-300 Nate DiMeo's terrific Memory Palace podcast is back. In this edition, we meet William James Sidis (1898-1944), eccentric, mathematical genius, cosmologist, streetcar transfer ticket obsessive, linguist, and cum laude Harvard grad... at age 16.
"six scenes in the life of william james sidis, wonderful boy"



  1. Sad story.

    From now on, I’ll think of William Sidis every time I empty a week’s worth of TriMet transfer tickets out of my coat pockets into the trash.

  2. I like the fact that he brought a lawsuit against the New Yorker magazine because they wrote a smug article about him, basically humiliating him, describing his living conditions (in that condescending way that only the New Yorker can do) and he won a settlement.

    I didn’t know about the work he’d published under pseudonyms. A very interesting character.

  3. I loved the part where Sidis got 18 months in jail under the 1918 Sedition Act for participating in a May Day parade.

    Great fucking cuntry, this Yoo Ess of Eh/

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