From staying conscious for 3700 years to making the de-petrification elixir, Senku’s feats in Dr. Stone have left fans convinced that he has an extremely high I.Q. score.
As one of the animes that defined 2019, Dr. Stone has made its mark in the post-apocalyptic genre of shows.
With a unique concept that revolves more around science than superhuman abilities, it has actually made science fun (never thought this day would come).
Unlike others, Dr. Stone’s protagonist, Senku, does not focus on power but is all about science, education, and slowly building towards a goal, i.e., rebuilding civilization. And to do that, he needs to be smart.
Throughout the series, fans have been wowed by Senku at every stage, be it the time he made the “cure-all” or an actual communication device. However, all of his feats do make us wonder, how smart is this man?
1. How Smart Is Senku?
Calling Senku Ishigami a genius, is still understating his intellect.
He is the savior of mankind in the way that he discovered the formula to depetrify them and advanced the post-petrification age by at least a few hundred years.
He can be said to be a walking and talking science encyclopedia as there is nothing about it that he’s not aware of.
With deep knowledge about chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, biology, and mathematics, he can easily create tools, medicine, and even the de-petrification elixir, all in an age where nothing is available easily.
You want sulfur? Go mine it. No more easily available chemicals present to you in a test tube.
In addition to having near-unlimited knowledge, Senku also possesses an analytical mind. For every goal, he has a variety of paths to accomplish it.
Furthermore, he also possesses great mental fortitude, as the man literally kept his consciousness alive for 3700 years since the day he was petrified.
As Tsukasa calls him, “Senku is the sharpest, most intelligent man in the world.”
2. What Is Senku’s I.Q.?
Senku’s I.Q has never been specified in the anime; however, after considering his abilities and actions, it is assumed to be above 160, and somewhere around 180s.
Normally, I.Q. is calculated based on one’s mental ability, which comprises factors such as memory, logic, problem-solving ability, etc. Senku has an eidetic memory and great tactical and scientific intelligence.
Furthermore, he is well aware of his strengths and knows how to make up for his weaknesses.
No matter the situation, he always keeps his calm and manages to find a solution. Even when petrified, he kept his consciousness awake for 3700 years.
Many fans have formed a connection between Nikola Tesla and Senku as they both have very similar eidetic memory capabilities.
They are known to do complex mathematics and have very hard-to-estimate I.Q.’s. All of these factors alone give Senku an I.Q. over 180.
We should also keep in mind that anyone with a score above 160 is already considered a genius, and with an I.Q. between 180-200, Senku is easily one of the smartest characters in anime.
3. Is It Possible to Become As Smart As Senku?
It is possible to become as smart as Senku as long as one has the mental capacity, patience, and interest to digest enormous amounts of information, and the skill to apply them.
However, considering most of the population, people who can actually achieve the things above are extremely rare.
Just based on memory limitations, even the people who study science would only remember broad principles and forget the specifics a few months after they’ve learned them.
Furthermore, Senku isn’t smart because he knows a lot. He is smart because he knows his limitations and where and how to apply his knowledge.
Both the mental and tactical aspect is necessary, and the manga has acknowledged this a lot early on in the series.
4. About Dr. Stone
Dr. Stone is a Japanese manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi.
It serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since 6th March 2017, with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into thirteen tankōbon volumes as of November 2019.
Every human on the planet was turned into Stone after a mysterious flash of light hit Earth. Four thousand years after Senku, a student is confronted with a brand new world, an Earth without Humanity.
Now animals rule the world, and nature has reclaimed the planet. Senku and his friend Taiju begin trying to find a way to restore humanity.Originally Written By Epic Dope