- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 100 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: December 26, 1998
Examine the different kinds of Genius that exist, and how we define, recognize and measure this amazing trait.
A 35-year-old man speaks and translates 16 languages perfectly - yet has an I.Q. that is less than that of a toddler and is housed in a facility for the insane... how and why? A 13 year old girl is hailed as the next Picasso, yet has never studied art - where did her talents come from...? An illusionist creates something before our eyes that we assume is real - until we recognize it is totally impossible... how does he create what others cannot fathom? A popular movie star invents a telecommunications system 40 years ahead of its time, while tinkering at her piano... what inspired her? The answer is that they are all drawing on Genius.
THE MYSTERY OF GENIUS spotlights the unusual and compelling elements of the uniquely human trait called genius. Narrated by Joseph Campanella, this program entertainingly illuminates a largely misunderstood - yet historically influential phenomenon. It looks at how we define, recognize and measure genius and whether we can create or influence this talent in ourselves or even our unborn.
Savants, eccentrics, prodigies, visionaries, and despots, all reflect aspects of the seven types of genius currently recognized. Genius at illusion, war and spy-craft, physical performances, and even comedy are also explored. Medical experts, researchers and the geniuses themselves all comment or demonstrate aspects of genius that are astonishing and unexpected.