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Lessons from a Genius

May 27, 2020

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."
Albert Einstein

In 1927, 29 of the top physicists and mathematicians in the world came together to share theories, challenge each other, and collectively build the foundations for what we now know as quantum theory.

Of the 29 scientists in attendance, more than half were or would later become Nobel Prize recipients.


It doesn't take a genius to know that there is power in collaboration. Even the most basic logic can tell you that connecting with people of like mind will grow your network, expand your access to resources, and multiply your knowledge base.

Andrew Carnegie believed in the power of these intentional, collaborative small groups so passionately, he inspired Napoleon Hill to study the process (which Carnegie referred to as "The Master-Mind Principle) as one of the foundational success strategies later revealed in the book "Think and Grow Rich."

What if there is a bit of genius in all of us, seeking only a nourishing community in which to grow and blossom?

What if these principles are still the best way to bring our unique genius to the world?

What if the solution to every problem facing our world today lives in our collective experience, waiting to be brought forth by those with the wisdom to convene?

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Let's make history together!
Mendhi Audlin
Assembler of Geniuses
Founder, The What If UP Club

P.S. Notice some familiar names above? Here are a few of the accomplishments that resulting from these "meetings of the mind":


  • Auguste Antoine Piccard (1884-1962) Swiss scientist. In 1930 he designed a balloon and reached the stratosphere to investigate the cosmic rays.
  • Emile Henriot (1885-1961) French writer, essayist, poet, critic.
  • Paul Ehrenfest (1880-1933) Dutch physicist, quantum mechanics
  • Edouard Herzen (1877-1936) A Belgian chemist who plays a leading role in the development of the chemistry
  • Theophile de Donder (1872-1957) Belgian physicist, Mathematician
  • Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) Austrian physicist. He is known for his contribution to quantum mechanics, especially the Schrödinger Equation, which won him the Nobel Prize in 1933.
  • Jules-Emile Verschaffelt (1870-1955) Belgian physicist, Mathematician
  • Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) Swiss physicist with Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Karl Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) The German physicist won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1932 for his research on atomic structure.
  • Sir Ralph Howard Fowler (1889-1944) British physicist, astronomer and thermodynamics
  • Leon Brillouin (1889-1696) French physics professor


  • Peter Debye (1884-1966) Dutch physics and chemistry. He studied the diffraction of X-rays into scattered structures and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1936.
  • Martin Knudsen (1871-1949) Danish scientist
  • William Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971), British physicist. X-ray law and X-ray crystallography.
  • Hendrik Anthony Kramers (1894-295), Dutch physicist. He has worked on the interaction of electromagnetic waves.
  • Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902-1984) British physicist and mathematician. It is the founder of quantum space.
  • Arthur Compton (1892-1962) An American physicist. The Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded with the discovery of Compton effect, which shows the particle nature of electromagnetic radiation.
  • Louis de Broglie (1892-1987) French physicist.
  • Max Born (1882-1970) German mathematician and physicist. It has contributed to the development of quantum mechanics.
  • Niels Bohr (1885-1962)Danish physicist. For the first time in the determination of the atomic structure of quantum theory, he created the atomic model, which is called by his name.


  • Irving Langmuir (1881-1957), An American chemist. Nöbel has won award.
  • Max Planck (1858-1947) German physicist. Quantum Theory "and the laws of thermodynamics
  • Marie Curie (1867-1934) Polish chemist and physicist. She worked on radioactivity.
  • Hendrik A. Lorentz (1853-1953) Dutch physicist.
  • Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German physicist, Mathematician and scientist.
  • Paul Langevin (1872-1946) French physicist
  • Charles-Eugène Guye (1866-1942) Swiss physicist
  • Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869-1959) X-rays, radioactivity and cosmic ray studies.
  • Owen Willans Richardson (1879-1959) British physicist

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