Tournament of Genius

This spring, we'll be having a little March Madness of our own here at mentalfloss.com. Instead of playing hoops, though, we'll be working to put the title of "History's Greatest Genius" on its rightful owner. To find this singularly great thinker, we're having a single-elimination tournament to settle the debate about humanity's greatest mind once and for all. Is it Albert Einstein? Sir Isaac Newton? Evel Knievel? (Every tournament needs its Cinderellas.) The winner will be crowned on April 6th!

Tournament of Genius: The Winner Is...
The Title Game: Einstein vs. Leonardo
(2) Ben Franklin vs. (1) Leonardo Da Vinci
(1) Albert Einstein vs. (1) Isaac Newton
(1) Leonardo Da Vinci vs. (7) Nikola Tesla
(1) Thomas Jefferson vs. (2) Ben Franklin
(1) Isaac Newton vs. (3) Louis Pasteur
(1) Einstein vs. (2) Plato
(3) Rene Descartes vs. (7) Nikola Tesla
(3) Michelangelo vs. (2) Benjamin Franklin
(1) Leonardo Da Vinci vs. (4) Galileo
(1) Thomas Jefferson vs. (5) Marie Curie
(3) Louis Pasteur vs. (2) William Shakespeare
(6) Pythagoras vs. (2) Plato
(1) Isaac Newton vs. (4) Beethoven
(1) Albert Einstein vs. (12) Jonas Salk
(2) Thomas Edison vs. (7) Nikola Tesla
(1) Leonardo Da Vinci vs. (8) Sigmund Freud
(3) Rene Descartes vs. (6) The Wright Brothers
(2) Ben Franklin vs. (7) Hypatia
(4) Galileo vs. (12) Matt Groening
(3) Michelangelo vs. (11) Adam Smith
(4) Aristotle vs. (5) Marie Curie
(1) Thomas Jefferson vs. (8) John Stuart Mill
(2) William Shakespeare vs. (7) General MacArthur
(3) Louis Pasteur vs. (6) Walt Disney
(4) Beethoven vs. (5) James Joyce
(1) Sir Isaac Newton vs. (9) Steve Jobs
(2) Plato vs. (7) Stephen Colbert
(3) Blaise Pascal vs. (6) Pythagoras
(4) Mark Twain vs. (12) Jonas Salk
Round Two Begins! (1) Albert Einstein vs. (8) Shigeru Miyamoto
Leonardo Da Vinci Defeats Burt Reynolds in Special Election
(8) Sigmund Freud vs. (9) Samuel Colt
(4) Galileo vs. (13) Stephen Hawking
(1) Leonardo Da Vinci vs. (16) Burt Reynolds
(5) Pablo Picasso vs. (12) Matt Groening
(3) Rene Descartes vs. (14) Coco Chanel
(6) The Wright Brothers vs. (11) Henry Ford
(7) Nikola Tesla vs. (10) Alexander Graham Bell
(2) Thomas Edison vs. (15) Richard James
(3) Michelangelo vs. (14) Adolphus Busch
(6) John Maynard Keynes vs. (11) Adam Smith
(7) Hypatia vs. (10) Marilyn vos Savant
(2) Benjamin Franklin vs. (15) Pat and Harry Olivieri
(1) Thomas Jefferson vs. (16) Bill James
(8) John Stuart Mill vs. (9) Humphrey Bogart
(4) Aristotle vs. (13) Evel Knievel
(5) Marie Curie vs. (12) Linus Pauling
(1) Albert Einstein vs. (16) Edward McSweegan
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