Divine Fury: A History of Genius

Darrin McMahon
Florida State University’s Darrin McMahon recounts the lives of civilization’s true masterminds in the first comprehensive history of the elusive concept of genius.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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6:30 pm
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The concept of genius is a bit cheapened today, invoked too easily in assessments of football coaches, rock musicians, and savvy market traders. But history’s true masterminds — the Michelangelos, da Vincis, Shakespeares, and Einsteins — still inspire awe and a hint of mystery, a sense that these men have had almost otherworldly power to divine the secrets of the universe, to create, even to destroy.

Darrin McMahon, the Ben Weider Professor of History at Florida State University, details their stories in a discussion of his book, the first comprehensive history of the elusive concept of genius and how it has evolved over the centuries.