Apart from Solomon, who do you think was the smartest man who ever lived? My guess would be The Vilna Gaon (R’ Elijah ben Solomon Zalman). You will be amazed by this man’s towering genius and his godliness.
By age 10, he no longer had teachers. None could be found who could teach him!
By age 11, he had memorized the entire Talmud.
2,711 double-sided pages
This equals almost 2,000,000 words
Encouraged study of the sciences
Encouraged Torah study over Talmud study
Wrote commentaries on the entire Tanach
Annotated almost all ancient Jewish texts, including Talmud
Was fascinated by the story of Joseph – “I am Joseph…” (Genesis 45:3)
Excerpt from Kol HaTor (“Voice of the Turtledove”):
“Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not re-cognize him.” (Gen. 42:8) – This is one of the traits of Yosef not only in his own generation, but in every generation, i.e., that Mashiach ben Yosef recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him. This is the work of Satan, who hides the characteristics of Mashiach ben Yosef so that the foot-steps of the Mashiach are not recognized and are even belittled because of our many sins. Otherwise, our troubles would already have ended. Were Israel to recognize Yosef… then we would already have been redeemed with a complete redemption.” (The Vilna Gaon)