A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, “having learned much”) is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. Other common names: scanner, renaissance soul, multipotentialite, multi-genius, generalist.
Most well-known polymath
Life as a polymath
I have been asked, what is a polymath? And, I’ll normally just give the textbook definition. But, I also think, seeing is believing. So, I wanted to provide examples, to demonstrate just a few common abilities of polymaths.
Whether it’s electronics, computers, art, music, poetry, cooking, or Spanish, it seems like there are just so many amazing things for me to do. These are some short samples from my life.
|What is a polymath?||Electronics #1 #2||Playing Piano #1 #2|
|Composing – Playing #1 #2 #3||Poetry #1 #2 – Others||Science Lab #2|
|Certifications||At Work||Sketch Art – Sketch #1 #2|
* More to be added: Cooking up dinner, creative writing, and Spanish (I just started Spanish and I’m loving it)
What do I do at work?
I am the person solely responsible for coming up with enterprise IT solutions that no one else can. I design apps, scripts, and implement automated software and hardware solutions for tens of thousands of computers and servers around the globe. It really is the best job in the world.
Why do I seek out to do so many things?
I get asked this question quite a bit, and the only answer I can come up with is, curiosity. I am curious about how things work, and just how people learn to do anything, in general. So, I pursue these interests.
But, really, it started when I was young.
I grew up in Westville, Florida (pop. 221), on a farm, where I spent most of my free time learning about technology and programming on a computer. From an early age, I realized I wasn’t like other kids. I had a certain drive in my education and hobbies that my friends just didn’t have. I started off around the age of 5, where I would take lego blocks, add my own basic electronics like motors, lights, and gears, fix the blocks where I wanted them, and glue them together. I would build all kinds of electronic, mechanical devices. For my 7th birthday, I received an Erector Set. I spent a couple of years working on the many projects that came with the kit. I also started mapping out my first circuits with the Radioshack Electronics Lab . It wasn’t too long before my dad bought me a soldering iron, and I began creating my own electronic circuits.
In elementary school, I was in the Florida Gifted Program, glee club, and Math Superstars. I made straight A’s, participated in all math and science competitions, and ended up skipping the 5th and 8th grades.
Later on, I won awards in high school mathematics and biology, two college awards in mathematics (’92 and ’93), several first place awards in high school science fairs, a grand prize high school science fair award, and racked up presidential awards in academics, in both high school and college. I think the central theme of my life has been I love to learn. Check out my Education page.
Much of this learning capacity transitioned quite well into the professional world, especially into Information Technology, where continued learning is an asset. Check out my Career page.
How do I find the time?
Well, the simple answer is, I make time. I try to do a little bit in each area every week or so (it really adds up over the years). I reduce TV time down to an hour—or less—a day, so that helps with time. I sleep around five hours a day. I’ve always held the firm belief that the more you do, the more you can do.
Can anyone become a polymath?
Of course they can. It just requires a little discipline and lots of passion. If you want to become a polymath, the first thing you need to do is think about some things that you’re naturally interested in. What have you always wanted to know more about? What have you always wanted to do? Select a couple of things, and then work on perfecting them. Spend a little time every day pursuing these new interests. Watch what begins to happen.
Some things I’m proud of
Technical Index – I share my computer knowledge with the world.
Nerd Track – Just something fun I put together. Fun is still important.
Education – I’ve worked very hard in maintaining my education. Courses
Computer Skills – After all these years, I am still gaining new computer skills.
Hard Work – I have worked hard over the years and have been recognized for it.
Research – I have created over seventy research documents.
My Book List
My Online Journal