Struck by Genius

Struck by Genius

How A Brain Injury Made Me A Mathematical Marvel

eBook - 2013
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The remarkable story of an ordinary man whose world was transformed when a violent mugging left him with an extraordinary mathematical gift.
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780544045644
0544045645
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Seaberg, Maureen Ann

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FW_librarian 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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