Autism and genius

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Sometimes I read about children affected by autism that get a master degree in Physics at the age of 14-17.
They seems the geniuses of the modern age, but are they really geniuses?
Do you think that a very high IQ is the key for a physicist to do a sensational discovery in his subject? Or this cleverness and super-speed of learning is not enough? Does a very brilliant physicist requires a little bit of imagination and a sort of fancy, doesn't he?
Tell me what you think.
 

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What happened to them after they got their master's? What kind of jobs did they end up getting?
 
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Sometimes I read about children affected by autism that get a master degree in Physics at the age of 14-17.
They seems the geniuses of the modern age, but are they really geniuses?
Do you think that a very high IQ is the key for a physicist to do a sensational discovery in his subject? Or this cleverness and super-speed of learning is not enough? Does a very brilliant physicist requires a little bit of imagination and a sort of fancy, doesn't he?
Tell me what you think.
Only a small fraction of children on the autistic spectrum have the high acting or "genius" type.
A physicist will require imagination and creativity to make discoveries, and he may need to work in a team, so high intelligence alone is probably not enough.
 

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