Often called “the smartest man in the world,” Chris Langan has an IQ of 195 and has authored many papers on theoretical physics. His work goes unpublished however, and he has never been able to earn a college degree. Gladwell argues that Langan’s genius didn’t guarantee him success, and that other factors (like his childhood and background) made it difficult for him to achieve his full potential.
Chris Langan Quotes in Outliers
The Outliers quotes below are all either spoken by Chris Langan or refer to Chris Langan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Back Bay Books edition of Outliers published in 2011.).
Chris Langan Character Timeline in Outliers
The timeline below shows where the character Chris Langan appears in Outliers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 1
Chapter 4: The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2
4. This is perhaps where we can locate the most important difference between Oppenheimer and Langan. Oppenheimer’s parents (an artist and a successful businessman) fostered his passions, made him join clubs,... (full context)