At all times the children were able to surprise his contemporaries for their unique talents. However, most of them stand out the so-called baby. A boy named Christian Heinrich Heineken was born in a small town in northern Germany, February 6, 1721, and lived for a little more than four years, but went down in history as the most brilliant child ever born on earth.
According to legend, he met with the king and was fluent in several languages. If Christian today had to go on the IQ test, then the result is likely to be higher than 200. At the same time he was not autistic. Like a sponge, absorbing the kid knowledge from different areas, not limited to one subject.
It was not closed and well socialized with people, hitting them with their inferences and harmony voice. By ten months (according to other sources – in two-three months) the baby does not like peers, line up and articulate proposals. He repeated them for their parents – artist and architect Paul Heineken and the owner of the shop of artistic products and alchemist.
Helps the child to the world the knowledge of his nurse, Sophie Hildebrand that contemporaries called a soldier in a skirt of its sergeant-major manner. Sophie abruptly snatched the baby out of the crib, bring to canvases, placed around the house, and repeated: It’s a horse, pet This tower with lights, called Lighthouse This ship, which float on the sea Now I’m going to point the finger, but… you tell me what it is … .
Surprisingly, the baby without hesitation pronounces just heard. When the primitive knowledge of the nurse have been exhausted, discharged from Silesia governess Madame Madelyn. She had, like Heineken, Sr. said, to polish this gem.
In two or three months, when a normal child distinctly pronounces a mom and dad, Christian Fried rich knew the main events of the first five books of the Bible. For two years he could not only reproduce the biblical story of the facts, but also the entire quoted fragments of Scripture, in which they were mentioned. A year later, the boy said to his knowledge of world history and geography, combining it with the study of Latin, French, mathematics and biology. In the fourth year he began to study the history of the church and religion.
It seemed that the kid knew everything. His fame spread with incredible speed. Therefore gymnasium pupils are not too surprised when the boy took his place in the department, to give a lecture. Among the audience was Johann Heinrich, Rector of gymnasium. He recalled the day January 2, 1724, when he had a chance to plunge into the encyclopedic carousel, which unwound the gathering prodigy.
The boy began with an analysis of biographies of Roman and German emperors – from Caesar and Augustus to Constantine, Charlemagne, and Ptolemy. Then he gradually moved to the Israeli kings, from them to the peculiarities of geography Germany. I finish the story about the structure of the human skeleton, per depicting bones. All of this was tied strict logical chain, although the facts were from different eras and areas of knowledge.
The audience sat as if spellbound, all opened their mouths. But the baby suddenly stopped when he heard the bell bout:. And now, excuse me, gentlemen, I have to go to the nurse! It looks like he is in his head the whole world – with superstitious fear scientists say, commoners, and church authorities -. It was too easily given him the knowledge!.
After reading hundreds of books, a brilliant kid loved only one book – lavishly illustrated folio in Latin The world of sensible things in the pictures humanist and father of pedagogy Jan Amos Mencius. It was a kind of encyclopedia of the time. Writers and artists rushed like a race to perpetuate the glory of the baby from during his lifetime. Composer Hamburg Telemann dedicated to him several works, and literature.
He specifically came to get to know a child prodigy, and then said: Surely, if I was a pagan, I would have knelt and bowed his head before this child! Telemann – author of poetic initiation, which was subsequently placed under a portrait of the baby, written by his mother: A child who is not born before you the one who continue to befall our world is unlikely you – our eternal treasure.
The world will not believe your knowledge, partly comprehending them gradually. And we have you not yet perceive ourselves we do not understand your secret. Even Emmanuel Kant was involved in the process of praise, calling the young talent early wunderkind crazy meretriciousness existence.
A brilliant child could read all of the psalms intoned, to clarify the characteristics of all known varieties of the Moselle wines and reproduce the genealogical tree of the most prominent families of Europe. But to keep the pen for several hours a day for the baby became a monstrous load.
I want to go to Denmark to convey the good King Frederick the detailed charts, which I am ready to draw his own. The mother said that his strength is not enough for it to hold a pen in hand. The boy calmed her, saying, The Lord is merciful, he will give me the strength to draw a map and cross the sea.
I must say that Christian parents have sought to ensure that a small genius learned the whole world. So they organized meetings with all those interested in the boy, ignoring the fact that these meetings greatly harassed prodigy.
When the rumor of the miracle came to King Frederick IV of Denmark, who expressed a desire to get acquainted with the miracle child. Frederick was a man of disbelief and could not believe when he was told that the baby three years, fluent in four languages, while the king knew little native Danish and hardly would sign. Baby, it was decided to deliver in Copenhagen.
The boy read before the king and the court a few lectures on the history, and with reference to authoritative sources, for which he was immediately awarded the nickname Miraculous. The only thing the kid refused – to dine with the king. It is possible courteously explained that not eat anything other than cereals and foods of grain and flour.
King once again amazed. But he whispered: feeding the baby entrusted to a soldier in a skirt. The nurse from birth explaining to your child that as a true Christian, he could not have animal products. The suggestion was so strong that the boy could not be at the family table, when home set us the fish or meat dishes.
Actually, his monotonous meals and ruined. Kid for no apparent reason fell on the bed and moaning from the pain in the muscles, refusing to eat. He suffered from insomnia and lack of appetite. In addition, hard to bear any smells and sounds, he demanded that he continually wash their hands and did not bother with requests and visits.
The typical symptoms of Celia disease – an illness caused by damage to the villi of the small intestine some foods that contain certain proteins gluten. By the way, the Copenhagen court physicians, not knowing about a disease like Celia disease, try to feed the baby a little differently than prescribed, the soldier in a skirt. They gave him a light soup, beer, and sugar.
They said the mother of his suspicions: the cause health problems – imbalances in supply and solely to blame for everything, Sophie. But my mother, not to upset Sophie, that the baby warmly and sincerely loved, the newly transferred it to gruel. Journey to the Danish king, and took a few months back. Only 11 October 1724 toddler with family arrived home. The period is marked doctors, progressive weakness of the body, intense joint pain and headache, insomnia and lack of appetite. June 16, 1725 Christian health has deteriorated sharply, his face covered with edema.
Followed by the strongest attack of allergy: the digestive system rebelled against anything that contains flour. Once, when the boy’s leg was treated with herbs, he said: Our life is like a smoke. After that, he sang some of his 200 known church songs, weaving their voices to the chorus of those who sat next to his crib and read prayers.
He died kid June 27, 1725 with the words: Oh Jesus, take my spirit … His older brother Karl Heinrich Heineken, who later became a well-known art critic and collector, said that his whole life had pursued that kid met his death in the age of four with a philosopher of mind. Two weeks coffin with Christian Heineken, whose forehead was adorned with a laurel wreath, stood open.
In to bid farewell to the young genius and visited the most famous person of the north of Europe, and just the curious who want to see for the last time on lying in the coffin miracle child. At the same time parents are carefully recorded the names of all the influential persons, who came into the church.
Probably every child prodigy has something of the Christian Heineken. With aorta it unites knowledge of anatomy, as Indian little boy made his first surgery in seven years. John Stuart Mill, a famous philosopher and economist of the XIX century, could read Greek at three years. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began to four years in a virtuoso pianist. William James Sides mastered reading and writing and half years, and has written to eight years in four books.
Perhaps Christian would become the youngest academician of that time, he did not listen to the nurse. And maybe it would have suffered the fate of the young poetess Nick turbines, with four years to dictate mother poems. Growing up, Nick ceased to be a small Russian miracle and her life has become like a terrible dream: alcohol, drugs, suicide attempts and tragic death.
If the child from the cradle understands that different from the other, it is inevitable distancing him from society. In addition, it often emphasizes the exclusivity of their parents. In many cases, child prodigies were literally tortured to death by work (as in the case of the Christian – visits) and did not know the joys of childhood.
So there is a psychological impasse, out of which is not every young talent. It sounds blasphemous, but it may not be investigated while Celia saved the baby from from the bitter disappointment which would have brought him international fame inevitable. According to the American psychologist, child geniuses often simply are not emotionally prepared to deal with serious philosophical and ethical issues, and this leads to tragedies – from the madness to an early death.
Could baby from to live a long and happy life? And who is to blame for his early death: vain parents, a nurse, and her views on diet, nature, endowed with Christian excessive thirst for knowledge, which simply could not handle the child’s body?
If he was born in our time, the tragedy would probably have been avoided, but the story, as we know, does not tolerate the subjunctive mood. It is known only one thing: the achievement of Christian is not exceeded, no child.