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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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Paperback. Pub Date :2014-04-01 Pages: 256 Language: English Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does . Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns. numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes. and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches. revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us. Yet Padgett wasnt born this way. Twelve years ago. he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works. giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed. and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning. mathematically precise ar...
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It's mostly about how Jason was transformed through circumstances beyond his control . Going from an extreme extrovert who sought adrenaline driven thrills to an ultra-introvert who just wanted to be isolated from the outside world . Eventually coming back from his isolation via his new found love for math , art, geometry and fractals .To be considered one of the best known cases of head injury induced savantism . This story has circled the world . Been mentioned in newspapers , television , on the internet and seminars . Probably in the top ten cases of brain injury or brain abnormality savantism .
I imagine this book would be of special interest to those interested in savantism and or synesthesia ( people who have crossed senses , such as seeing colors when hearing music , or seeing letters and numbers as colored objects ) . Also those that like stories of the underdog who goes onto to great things .Silver linings ?
I generally read very fast, so I tried to "ration" my reading to prolong the experience over a few days. And I could not wait to get home after work to continue reading. It is truly stimulating in so many ways (emotionally, intellectually, even visually, though I am not a synnie.) I could personally relate to some experiences described by the "halfway" savant (periodic self-imposed isolation to binge on information and ponder upon what truly is beautiful, simple and captivating; above average empathy - a blessing and a curse...) I could visualize (as best as my mind's eye allowed) Jason Padgett's visions: the first sunrise after several years, his hand, leaves, the rain drops in the puddle. I even cried a bit... a few times. As I tried to envision what I was reading, many times I thought that this is definitely going to be "A Beautiful Mind 2" or something along those lines... I love quoting beautifully written passages and this book certainly is drenched in quotes worth remembering and referencing.
I remain hopeful that soon enough the "savant-inducing headgear" hits the market, rendering all preceding technology virtually obsolete. I guess, I'll hold off on G.glass and iWatch.
Although I do not know them perosnally, nevertheless, Congratulations to Jason, Elena and their family with the new baby due very-very soon :)).
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He is very interesting to talk to in person.
Very, very interesting book.