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For most questions of the sort, “Who is the best (or most) [something] in the world?,” such as “Who is the most brilliant living scientist?” or “Who is the most beautiful woman?,” polls would reveal a variety of answers and often as fervently held beliefs. Such variety of opinion is hardly surprising; choices of this sort are highly subjective ones and for most qualities or abilities, there is either no metric at all or at best a proxy metric (such as IQ for intelligence) whose adequacy is debatable. (The world of sports is different, however, because it does possess good metrics of performance.) One might think, therefore, that the answer to the question, “Who was the greatest creative genius who ever lived?”, would be equally contentious, since there is no way to measure creative genius.