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Oct 18, 2015

On their first meeting, Szegő was so astounded with the boy's mathematical talent that he was brought to tears.

He made major contributions to a number of fields, including mathematics (foundations of mathematics,functional analysisergodic theorygeometrytopology, and numerical analysis), physics (quantum mechanics,hydrodynamics and quantum statistical mechanics),economics (game theory), computing (Von Neumann architecturelinear programmingself-replicating machinesstochastic computing), and statistics.

He was a pioneer of the application of operator theoryto quantum mechanics, in the development of functional analysis, and a key figure in the development of game theory and the concepts of cellular automata, the universal constructor and the digital computer. He published 150 papers in his life: 60 in pure mathematics, 20 in physics, and 60 in applied mathematics. 

 By the age of 19, von Neumann had published two major mathematical papers, the second of which gave the modern definition of ordinal numbers, which superseded Georg Cantor's definition

When asked why the Hungary of his generation had produced so many geniuses, Wigner, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963, replied that von Neumann was the only genius.

Just lol if your IQ doesn't reduce people to tears.