So it’s pretty obvious that Elon Musk is a genius. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc. co-founder and CEO of Neuralink; and co-founder of PayPal. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People.
You are probably aware of his recent erratic behavior. This includes things such as saying his publicly traded company was bankrupt as a April Fools joke, saying the company had financing to go private when it didn’t, calling one of the divers that helped rescue the Thai soccer team ‘pedophile’, and the smoking weed on TV.
Of course, erratic behavior is nothing new for geniuses. Unfortunately, the lives of many of them turn out to be quite tragic.
Kurt Godel was a logician, mathematician, and philosopher. He is considered to be one of the most significant logicians in history. Gödel made an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking.
Gödel published his two incompleteness theorems in 1931 when he was 25 years old, one year after finishing his doctorate at the University of Vienna. The first incompleteness theorem states that for any self-consistent recursive axiomatic system powerful enough to describe the arithmetic of the natural numbers (for example Peano arithmetic), there are true propositions about the naturals that cannot be proved from the axioms. To prove this theorem, Gödel developed a technique now known as Gödel numbering, which codes formal expressions as natural numbers.
Later in his life, Gödel suffered periods of mental instability and illness. He had an obsessive fear of being poisoned; he would eat only food that his wife, Adele, prepared for him. Late in 1977, she was hospitalized for six months and could no longer prepare her husband's food. In her absence, he refused to eat, eventually starving to death. He weighed 29 kilograms (65 lb) when he died. His death certificate reported that he died of "malnutrition and inanition caused by personality disturbance" in Princeton Hospital on January 14, 1978.