Struck by Genius

Struck by Genius

How A Brain Injury Made Me A Mathematical Marvel

Book - 2014
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After a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, the author, the first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his unique gifts.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 9780544045606
0544045602
Characteristics: ix, 243 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Seaberg, Maureen Ann

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FederalWayEdna Jun 19, 2015

I was concerned this biography may read as too technical but, Jason's description of his life from unremarkable to remarkable is surprisingly honest and down-to-earth. It's an interesting and intriguing read.

bibliotechnocrat Aug 20, 2014

After surviving a mugging involving brain trauma, Jason Pagett suddenly takes on Rain Man qualities (albeit without quite as severe social issues). Previously a party boy uninterested in math, academics, or other more serious pursuits, he suddenly sees the world in an entirely new way. He has both synthesia and acquired savantism.

The story of the mugging and his eventual (and miraculous) recovery is interesting as it raises so many questions about how perceptions develop, and how the brain is wired. However, as a narrative, it sags in several places. The voice is also a little unclear - perhaps due to the dual authorship.

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