Struck By Genius: How A Brain Injury Made Me A Mathematical Marve

Hardcover | April 22, 2014

byMaureen Seaberg, Jason Padgett

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The astonishing true story of an average man transformed by one violent encounter

No one sees the world the way Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, each number has a distinct geometric shape, and fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches and the swirl of cream in his coffee, revealing the mathematical patterns hidden in the objects around us.

The amazing thing is that Jason wasn't born this way. Twelve years ago, he was an ordinary guy, a jock who loved to party and had never made it past pre-algebra in high school. One night, a vicious blow to the head in an altercation profoundly and permanently altered the way his brain works. Jason would eventually learn his injury had made him an acquired savant and synesthete, someone whose blended sense perception causes such strange effects as the ability to taste shapes, hear colours and see numbers as geometric objects. Suddenly, Jason saw the world in a completely different way. As the first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with his particular type of mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel.

Struck by Genius recounts how Padgett overcame enormous setbacks and embraced his transformed mind. Along the way he found love, discovered joy in numbers and spent plenty of time having his head examined. His fascinating and inspiring story of the abilities that potentially lie hidden within us all reveals how much we still have to learn about the wondrous potential of the human brain.

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The astonishing true story of an average man transformed by one violent encounterNo one sees the world the way Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, each number has a distinct geometric shape, and fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches and the swirl of cream in his coffee, revealin...

MAUREEN SEABERGis an author with several forms of synesthesia and is an expert synesthesia blogger forPsychology Today. She has written forThe New York Times; The Daily Beast; The Huffington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; andESPN: The Magazineand has appeared on MSNBC, PBS andThe Lisa Oz Showon Oprah Radio. She lives in New York.JASON PA...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revealing Read! Jason shows that there is hope for people who suffer brain traumas. Some people might have to go through years of therapy whereas his injury altered his brain chemistry. It made him super-intelligent in one respect. It might be in the same realm of people who are autistic savants. Fortunately, it led to something which put his life on a more productive trajectory. People with brain traumas should all be so lucky. I am elated his story has a happy outcome. Anyone interested in neuro-science or brain development should read this. Regardless, it's a very interesting book.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Struck by genius Interesting and written without a lot of medical jargon. Only disappointment,which took away from the story, was the lack of references to Elena and Megan. More needed to be said about how his condition affected Elana and Megan. Without more reference to these two the book had a feeling of "It's all about ME".
Date published: 2014-05-11

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"VERDICT Padgett's heartfelt story of learning to cope with his new faculties, the onset of OCD that accompanied them, the intensive clinical testing and research that continue today, and how his experience changed his life, will appeal to fans of the films Rain Man and A Beautiful Mind, as well as the works of Oliver Sacks." -- LIBRARY JOURNAL ()