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"

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  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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