What made Einstein a 'Genius'?Star Geoffrey Rush and the creators of National Geographic's "Genius" reveal what makes a mind like Albert Einstein's so unique in this exclusive video.
[MUSIC] What does genius mean to me? I think there are many brilliant people in the world. Many people who are very, very intelligent. So I think it has to do a line of dialogue that I think we have in the first episode which is a genius is not just answering questions [MUSIC] But asking questions that nobody else thought to ask. No need to raise your hand to speak here. It is a particular thing that happens to you when you watch people do something that they're really good at. It's a sensation, it's like it can be a six year old kid drawing something or it can be a painter applying wall color. But they're just very, very good. You kind of know whenever you witness somebody being very, very excellent at something. It's a provide experience to be able to be around it. And I think that to me really is watching somebody do something special. Unless we can define time Most people agree that whoever the geniuses are. And you could say it's the people that can combine ideas that are staring everyone else in the face, but they somehow connect something that no one's even thought about. Like Mozart's metronome. I have the quote that Chopin [UNKNOWN]. He has this great quote where he says, talent Hit's a target that no one else can hit. Genius hits a target that no one else can see. Close your eyes. And then if you apply that to someone like Einstein, he would engage in what he called thought experiments. He'd just let his mind wander and drift off, and speculate about [UNKNOWN]. He was always obsessed right from his youth. What if I could travel as fast as the speed of light? What would light look like next to me? Now I'm imagining the ball is travelling in deep space.>> The most elegant answer to what is a genius was given to me by Ron Howard. Scientists they live in the light of knowledge. They're working and they're refining their knowledge. And they're testing things all the time. Some scientists operate at the edge of the light where the dark is which nobody knows what's in the dark. But a tiny number of scientists jump right into the dark And create their own light around them. It's a combination of vision and absolute determination that you're right, that you're totally convinced that this leap into the dark that you've made is right. And Einstein definitely qualifies and that to me is genius. But I have another question. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]