Civilized Gossip Column
By Odyssey Magazine
Apr 17, 2003,
With an IQ
of 189 on the Stanford Binet scale, Nikos Lygeros has earned a reputation
as the smartest Greek in the world-at least that's how the Greek press has
described him for the last three years. Lygeros, a research fellow and
computers and mathematics lecturer at France's University of Lyon, is a
member of the French branch of Mensa and several other societies for
individuals with high IQs (Sigma, Mega Foundation etc.).
Stanford Binet is used in "Genetic Studies of Genius," the most famous
longitudinal study of gifted individuals. Lygeros, 35, has also developed
his own, more expansive, IQ test (the G-test) and created the PI society,
where an individual's intelligence quotient is measured in the fields of
mathematics, sciences, philosophy and literature. He is editor of PI's
online journal Perfection.
Lygeros believes Achilles, Ulysses and
Prometheus are archetypes of gifted, universal genius-"the universal
genius is necessarily an altruist." A breakthrough by Lygeros and his
colleagues in their research into number theory, brought him into the
international academic and media spotlight in 1998. A prolific essayist in
mathematics, he also writes poetry, scripts, novels and essays on
politics, philosophy, history, tragedy and drama. Lygeros has lived in
France since he was 12.