Paris Hilton: Following in the Footsteps of Aristotle and Franklin

May 5, 2010

From Wikipedia:

A polymath is a person … whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas … the notion that people should embrace all knowledge and develop their capacities as fully as possible. Thus … gifted humans … sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments, and in the arts.

Who are the polymaths of today? Click the image for the full-size version.

A History of Polymaths

Source Data:

Person From To Subjects
Pythagoras -580 -490 Mathematics, Philosophy
Aristotle -384 -322 Physics, Metaphysics, Poetry, Politics, Biology
Al-Jazari 1136 1206 Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Astronomy
Leonardo da Vinci 1452 1519 Art, Engineering, Astronomy, Philosophy, Physics, Biology
Benjamin Franklin 1706 1790 Politics, Science, Literature
Johan Wolfgang van Goethe 1749 1832 Poetry, Literature, Philosophy, Biology
Jean Cocteau 1889 1963 Poetry, Literature, Art, Design
John von Neumann 1903 1957 Physics, Mathematics, Economics
Jacques-Yves Cousteau 1910 1997 Ecology, Film, Science, Photography
Jennifer Lopez 1969 Fashion, Music, Film, Dance, Fragrance
Paris Hilton 1981 Fashion, Music, Literature, Media
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