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Average IQ of professional physicists/mathematicians?

  1. Jul 29, 2013 #1
    Many scientists have never taken IQ tests so there is a lack of statistical data, but what is a realistic estimate? Do you think 135-140 would be the average?
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  3. Jul 29, 2013 #2
    Another discussion of IQ.. You can do a search for "IQ" here, on PF, and you'll find lots of info.
  4. Jul 29, 2013 #3
    I think 100 would be the average.
  5. Jul 29, 2013 #4
    Do you really think there are many scientists with IQ less than 100?
  6. Jul 29, 2013 #5
    I was being more facetious than anything.

    I think IQ is kind of dumb.
  7. Jul 29, 2013 #6
    For sure.
  8. Jul 29, 2013 #7
    I remember hearing somewhere (I have no sources so I may be wrong) that there is little to no correlation between high IQ and academic achievement (besides the obvious: better grades; I'm talking more about awards and national recognition). From what it seems, passion and determination trump all.
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  10. Jul 29, 2013 #9
    There's been recent evidence that motivation is a big factor:

  11. Jul 29, 2013 #10


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    If I call myself a physicist the average physicist IQ would plunge
  12. Jul 30, 2013 #11
    I'm part of Mensa, where everybody has an IQ of greater than 140 - but there are about as many physicists and mathematicians as any other random sampling of people. IQ is a fairly inaccurate way of determining if a person can solve problems, or has the dedication needed to get through college.
  13. Jul 30, 2013 #12
    And by that determination and hard study you can learn to think better, and perform better on IQ tests, thus "raising IQ." It isn't set in stone.
  14. Jul 30, 2013 #13
    There ARE people outside of PF who let crackpots call themselves scientists. There are likely about as many (if not more) crackpots in the world than real scientists. So, by some standards, maybe. :tongue:

    IQ does not determine someone's academic ability or performance. I (apparently) have a high IQ, and I still count on my fingers and toes when I do calculations. Science is, as Sentin31 said, mostly about passion and determination.
  15. Jul 30, 2013 #14
    here's a question, why was the I.Q system established ?

    according to wikki,

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  16. Jul 30, 2013 #15


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    We're getting off topic.
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