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William James Sidis The animate and the inanimate RARE 1925 1st Edition Book
1925. In excellent condition inside and outside. Only defect is writing in pen on first page (as in the fourth photo). A rare copy of 'The animate and the inanimate', the main work of William James Sidis. Sidis (1898-1944) is the world's most infamous child prodigy and source of inspiration for the movie 'Good Will Hunting'. Only copy currently for sale globally. Worldcat lists 7 copies in Libraries. William James Sidis (/ˈsaɪ dɪs/; April 1, 1898 - July 17, 1944) was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical abilities and a claimed mastery of many languages. After his death, his sister made the unverifiable claim that his IQ was "the very highest that had ever been obtained," but any records of any IQ testing that Sidis actually took have been lost to history.[1] He enteredHarvard at age eleven and, as an adult, was claimed to be conversant in over forty languages and dialects. It was later acknowledged, however, that some of the claims made were exaggerations, with a researcher stating "I have been researching the veracity of primary sources of various subjects for about twenty-eight years, and never before have I found a topic so satiated with lies, myths, half-truths, exaggerations, and other forms of misinformation as is in the history behind William Sidis".[2] Sidis became famous first for his precocity and later for his eccentricity and withdrawal from public life. Eventually, he avoided mathematics altogether, writing on other subjects under a number of pseudonyms.
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