- Feb 2019
I'm currently making a "lineage" of the smartest guy in the world all the way back since ancient Greece(basically a passing of the torch) and the process was increasingly difficult in the middle ages until the emergence of the Islamic Golden Age. At them moment, the biggest gap I have is between Varahamihira and Brahmagupta. Another "gap" I have is Hipparchus and Posidonius. Even if they were actually contemporaries, Posidonius was around 15 years old when Hipparchus died so not realistically the smartest human on the planet. I've found a few Indian mathematicians for the period I'm asking but not enough and honestly none of them seem legit contenders for the smartest man in the world tag. Wang Xiaotong is the only plausible option I found for this period).