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Fifteen years ago, Harvard educator and shrink Howard Gardner decided to center the rest of his professional life on one idea: that there are multiple forms of intelligence ranging from logical to artistic to athletic to spatial. This idea—a mere ripple of a thought—seems self-evident. Apparently, however, in the world of education, it is a tsunami. Gardner’s latest book, Extraordinary Minds: Portraits of Four Exceptional Individuals and an Examination of Our Own Extraordinariness, is his most recent effort to remain in the curl of the wave. In it Gardner demonstrates, through an examination of Gandhi, Freud, Virginia Woolf, and Mozart, that different forms of intelligence do indeed exist and are essential. Still, with discussion raging about national standardized testing, we’ll be lucky to get our feet wet when this wave hits shore. Garder discusses at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. $13. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Anthony Keats)