William James Sidis
the world-famous child prodigy said to have been a "prodigious failure,"
actually wrote many books, articles, and periodicals under
In addition, there are as many as ten manuscripts not yet found.
W. J. Sidis
presents here all of his
writings found so far: four books, four pamphlets, 13 articles, four
periodicals (36 issues), 89 weekly magazine columns, selected letters,
financial documents, a proposal and design for a corporation owned by its
employees, and one wonderful invention. There is also some biographical material including
Dr. Abraham Sperling's short bio of Sidis, and Dan Mahony's
annotated bibliography of Sidis's writings and news
articles about him.
His general theory of the phenomena of the universe,
The Animate and the
is online here. Recently an army of scientists has been advancing on the
dark matter predicted to exist in this book. Soon they will discover
dark matter consists of dark stars
THAT ARE HOT BUT DO NOT EMIT LIGHT.
have seen that the structure of the universe, according to the
theory of reversibility, is that it consists of irregularly shaped
sections, alternately positive and negative. In the positive
sections all heated bodies give out radiant energy, according to
the second law of thermodynamics. In the negative sections, on the
contrary, hot bodies, instead of giving out light or other radiant
energy, would tend to absorb it and convert it almost entirely
into heat, thus heating themselves up with light received from
outside sources. This is in strict accord with the reversal of the
second law of thermodynamics."—The
Animate and the Inanimate, Chap. XIV
shapes of the sections are altered by harmonics:
" ... either the medium pair of faces is caved in, and the largest
and smallest bulged out somewhat less; or the largest and smallest
pairs of faces are caved in slightly, and the medium pair of faces
extremely bulged out."—The
Animate and the Inanimate, Chap. XII
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... the negative sections must be completely surrounded by positive
sections and must therefore be finite in all directions. By reversing
this (since we have seen that all physical laws are reversible), it
follows that any positive section must also be finite in all directions,
and be completely sur-rounded by negative sections. ... We thus find the
universe to be ... a sort of three-dimensional checkerboard, the
positive spaces counting as white (giving out light), and the negative
spaces as black (absorbing light)."—The
Animate and the Inanimate, Chap. XII
This diagram from BICEP2 is
intended to represent the "first tremors of the Big Bang," but it
illustrates well the Sidis Model. The blue areas represent the
negative dark-matter sections, the red the positive
ordinary-matter sections. And we see each type surrounding the
other as Sidis predicted.
A dozen or so visualizations of dark
matter (blue) and ordinary matter (red from the orbiting observatories
can be found in
THE DARK STAR GALAXY DIGEST.
DARK STARS ARE THE MATTER OF DARK MATTER
"Our previous consideration on the production of radiant energy
from the stars indicates that such production of radiant energy is
only possible where the second law of thermodynamics is followed,
that is, in a positive section of the universe. In a negative
section of the universe the reverse process must take place;
namely, space is full of radiant energy, presumably produced in
the positive section of space, and the stars use this radiant
energy to build up a higher level of heat. All radiant energy in
that section of space would tend to be absorbed by the stars,
which would thus constitute perfectly black bodies; and very
little radiant energy would be produced in that section of space,
but would mostly come from beyond the boundary surface. ... If we
were on the positive side, as seems to be the case, then we could
not see beyond such surface, though we might easily have
gravitational or other evidence of bodies existing beyond that
Animate and the Inanimate, Chap.
Boris Sidis Archive
here nearly all of the writings of this great psychologist.
You'll find here 16 of his 17 books. Find also 44 of his 57 scientific-journal
and popular-magazine articles (many of the topics of the
other 13 are dealt with in his books); 22 reviews of 13 of his works;
and, we assume, most available biographical material.
Books by W. J. Sidis
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He starts out noticing something remarkable about the laws of physics:
"Among the physical laws it
is a general characteristic that there is reversibility in time; that is, should
the whole universe trace back the various positions that
bodies in it have
passed through in a given interval of time, but in the reverse order to that in
which these positions actually occurred, then the universe, in this
imaginary case, would still obey the same laws."
"If any physical law is true, its reverse
must also be true."
have recently found dark galaxies predicted to exist in this
book. Soon they will discover the dark stars therein—also predicted by Sidis.
History of North America
"The weaving of wampum belts was a sort of writing by means
of belts of colored beads, in which the various designs of beads denoted
different ideas according to a definitely accepted system, which could be read
by anyone acquainted with
wampum language, irrespective of what the spoken
language was. Records and treaties were kept in this manner, and individuals
could write letters to one another in this way."
book is a description of what is, so far as the
Author is aware, a new kind of hobby, but one which seems on the face of it to
be as reasonable, as interesting,
as instructive, as any other sort of collection fad (Introduction)."
The media industry, believing that this was his only book,
proclaimed it evidence that Sidis had "burned out." But
the Collection of Transfers
is taxonomy Aristotelian in nature, and preserves the entire American
trolley-car system for study.
Collisions in Street and
Highway Transportation "The numbers of people injured and killed by
motor vehicles are said to be at rates which approximate the losses of a major
war." Includes a design for a Super-City.
Books Not Yet Found
Re Atlantis Manuscript
letter indicating publisher interest.
Two More Manuscripts
Sperling's letter mentions a book on philology, and another on anthropology. Elsewhere Sperling wrote:
"What the journalists did not report,
and perhaps did not know, was that during all the years of his obscure
he was writing original treatises on history, government, economics
and political affairs. In
a visit to his mother's home I was permitted to see the contents of a trunkful
of original manuscript material that Bill Sidis composed (Psychology
for the Millions)."
[Fragment] Sidis wrote in a letter:
"I am now
that I am entitling The Peace Path, on the old courier system and the many
ramifications of its consequences in modern life. It seems to be
developing toward book length, and it seems to have interested the few people
who have had a chance to read as much of the manuscript as I have gotten ready
Re guide books to the local
transportation systems of Boston and
the District of Columbia.
"Several volumes, including two for the Boston area and one for the District of Columbia, are now ready to go to the
printer, and several more are almost ready." "We know of
an unpublished guide book that has complete
local transit and street-number
information, as well as adequate maps; but it is no good to visitors as long as
it remains unpublished." ... "According to an unpublished Boston
guide-book .... "
"I am sending you the
latest, and last, issue of The Libertarian."
"The invention relates to perpetual calendars in which week-days can be found directly for any given date whatever; and its object is, first, to provide a means
which all such week-days can be looked
up in a direct, simple and easily understandable manner; secondly, to avoid the cross-reference tables or
complex mechanism, one or the other of which have hitherto generally been features of perpetual calendars providing means to look up the week-day of any given date
89 weekly columns presenting
about Boston and American history:
"It is not pure history, nor
memory, nor pure fiction, but rather a mixture of all three;
not dry research, but affection that puts life-blood into the
material."—W. J. Sidis
Concept of "Rights"
The Extent of Rights
Argument against Freudian theory of the
on Social Continuity
theory of history.
The Modern Gray Champion
figure in American history, first described by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sidis makes a quite
mysterious and uncharacteristic statement:
" ... he made his final disappearance, leaving this earth on
July 25, 1938."
A Remark on the Occurrence of
Notes correlation of sunspot cycles
and political revolutions.
Its role in American history.
the Past (ca.1940)
His own account of
having been "kidnapped
by his parents, by arrangement with
the district attorney,"
a result of guilty verdict for participation in an anti-draft demonstration in
of Chekhov's "An Unwilling Tragedian"
Chekhov's "On the Harm of Tobacco"
Translation of "An Appeal to the Workers
of the Allies" by G. Chicherin (ca. 1919)
o th'American Lingo
"This is the first time a grammar o th'American lingo's been
attempted in a way as would put American on an equal basis with regular
"...a new type of organization...a non-profit membership
corporation...a federation of its employees."
"Version of American history as though it were a current event."
PAST IS THE KEY TO THE PRESENT."
"A libertarian government is
essentially a limited government limited by individual rights; the
definition not only does not imply majority rule, but
definitely implies that all
rule, whether majority or minority, is strictly limited to the field of
preventing transgressions on the rights of any individuals whatever."
"Get used to thinking in terms of Orarchy, not
'Orarchy' means limited government―limited in powers and
"I am sending you the
latest, and last, issue of The Libertarian."
"Unfortunately, too many Americans consider the search for
liberty as at an end, as if it had been secured and made safe for all time by
the founding fathers." Compilation of little
known American history in the form of poetry by John
Greenleaf Whittier, Thomas Paine,
John Boyle O'Reilly, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Stephen
Foster, Lydia Sigourney, and Sidis himself.
"...a new type of
organization...a non-profit membership corporation...a federation of its
Design for a utopia written at a young
Conscientious Objector Writings, 1939-1943
"absolutism, n. the acceptance of or belief in absolute principles in political, philosophical, ethical, or theological
matters; absolutist n. & adj. (Oxford Dictionary)."
"The Peridromophile is a paper issued primarily for the
benefit of the followers of the hobby of transfer and token collection, and who
consequently, from that point of
view, have an interest in matters relating to
local transit all over America. This paper was taken over by Geprodis System on
October 16 last
paper itself having
been operated since September, 1926."―Geprodis.
No copies found―yet.
Astronomy Exam Booklet, 1912
inherits $4000 in 1924. This amount has the spending power of
$54,621 in 2013.
Helena Sidis's Personal
for a number of W. J.'s friends.
Letter authorizing Dan Mahony to photocopy any writings, documents and
materials related to W. J. Sidis, Boris Sidis, Sarah M. Sidis, Helena
Held by Sagall Family
and Genius" The Nation
"The idea that precocity—or at any rate precocity of any such character as
this—generally dies down into mediocrity has very little foundation."
C. S. Peirce)
Minutes of the Harvard Math Club, January 5, 1910
The Boy Prodigy of Harvard
Has Boris's description of WJ's
early education, and excerpts from WJ's talk to the Harvard Math Club
Bending the Twig
Written by a family friend.
Quotes Boris Sidis, his father, extensively on WJ's early education, e.g.,
"My boy plays―plays with his toys, and plays with his books. And
that is the key
to the whole situation. Get the child so interested in study that study will
truly be play." "Dr. Sidis believed that, if properly manipulated, the
method of education through play might be extended to subjects not taught in the
kindergarten―that, in fact, a child might be led to undertake and continue the
study of any subject provided it were made sufficiently interesting to him."
Gets Year and Half in Jail" (1919)
article contains some of his trial testimony re
politics, God, etc.
are They Now?"
The New Yorker
unkind and untruthful article that led to a US Supreme Court decision cited even
today in celebrity cases. Oddly, it is here the word Okamakammessets
appears in print for the first time.
Appeals Court Decision re Sidis vs. The
"The intimate details of private
life are not entitled to an absolute immunity from the prying of the press, and
a limited scrutiny may be had of the private life of any
person who has
achieved, or has had thrust upon him, the questionable and indefinable status of
a 'public figure'."—Chief
the Past" by W. J. Sidis
His own account of
having been "kidnapped
by his parents, by arrangement with the district attorney,"
as a result of guilty verdict for participation in an anti-draft demonstration
for William James Sidis, An American by
"I shall see Sidis, with the light upon his face, the light of genius, that made
him more an angel than a man. If any man since Leonardo had universal knowledge,
it was he."
Shirley Smith's Letter to the Editor
"Sidis had plenty of
loyal friends. All of them found his ideas stimulating and his personality
"He spoke their language and could read
their wampum belts." "Sidis was a
TIME, July 31,
This magazine actually titled an obituary of a person this way.
We provide here documented refutation the many errors in newspapers and magazines.―Dan
"A Story of Genius—William James Sidis" by Abraham Sperling, Ph.D.
"His death in 1944 as an
undistinguished figure was made the occasion for reawakening the old wives tales
about nervous breakdowns, burned out prodigies and insanity among geniuses."
The first to
tell the truth about Sidis. Dr. Sperling had seen Sidis's dozen manuscripts.
The Sidis Story by
Sarah Sidis, M.D.
"He asked me a
question one day, and then triumphantly said, 'But you will say, 'Let's
look it up! and I can look it up myself!' That is the last lesson I gave
More family biographies
by Dr. Sarah
Buckminster Fuller letter re Sidis
"Imagine my excitement and joy on being handed a xerox of Sidis' 1925 book, in
which he clearly predicts the black hole."
Believe It or Not!
"The Rebirthing of American
by Tracy Ann
magazine article to tell the truth about Sidis.
"Did the Indians teach the Pilgrims Democracy?"
by Cathy Spence
newspaper article to tell the truth about Sidis.
"In Search of the April Fool"
by Cathy Spence
The first national magazine article to tell the truth about Sidis.
Robert Pirsig on Sidis
"American Indian mysticism is not something alien from
American culture. It's a deep submerged hidden root of it."
in The Mystifying Mind,
Time Life Books (1991)
Failure Myth" by
Dan Mahony (1999)
"Most research shows that child
prodigies go on to lead productive lives―as did Sidis."
"Sidis FAQ" by
"Review of The Prodigy" by Martha Brassil
supermemo.com re W. J. Sidis
Vandermark: Three Portsmouth Photographs
"Notes on the Collection of Sidis's
Pseudonyms" by Dan Mahony
for additional Sidis
material and comment.
"Sidis will be known to all school
children of Earth's future, given the efforts of a few on his
behalf now."―Doug Renselle
Jay Dillon: Rare Books + Manuscripts
needed to translate The Tribes and the States
and The Animate and the Inanimate into Spanish and Mandarin.
Your comment, questions,
suggestions, or reports of typos are welcome.
Email dan at
sidis dot net.
Begins with history
of the early peoples of the Western Hemisphere, and progresses chronologically,
from a new point of view, through the founding of America.
of Congress Online Catalog
of Gifted Children
for Gifted Children
to the Sidis Project (1976-1999) in order of appearance:
(Founder), Dr. Sara Zarem, Ella Maezel, Helena Sidis, Martin Dworkin, Maria Taranto,
Elliot Sagall, M.D., Grace Spinelli, Jim Bernstein, Issac 'Rab'
Rabinowitz, Anne H. Feinzig, Robin Lagemann,
Chicotoneepa (Slow Turtle), Wampanoag Cultural Center, Tom Reilly, Harold "Doc" Humes, Larry Nobile, Robert Bearce, Andrew Bearce, Tom Mahony, Diana Segara, Devin Mahony,
Contributors to sidis.net (1999-present) in
order of appearance:
Mahony (Founder), Doug Renselle, Martha
Dintino, Jason Stanfield, Nick
Duvoisin, Max Patten, Michael Sechrist, Joshua Freeman, Bob Luhrs, Nicole Copernicus, Nick Lygeros, Mike
Perry, Bill Paton,
Bobbi Jordan, Lane Branscombe,
Ryan Messner, Alvie Singer, Terry 25odd6, Valerie Orloff, Patrice Deloche, Robbie
Dawson, Georgia Triantafyllidi, Johan
Källvide, Leon Hansen, Robert Underwood, Peter Vandermark, Jay Dillon,
Stuart Kut, Michael J. P. Cunneen, Adam Gibgot, Dylan
Knight Rogers, Michael Round & family, Ann Hulbert,
Stephen Bates, David Sachs, Gillian Holmes, Adam Alonzi ...
Helena Sidis, Robin Lagemann
at top by Leon Hansen,
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