"Nothing in my life up to that point could account for these abilities. Not a thing was added; rather the knowledge was uncovered from some deep and mysterious place".
Jason Padgett "Struck by Genius"

STRUCK BY GENIUS:

Inspiring Memoir by Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg

How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
Experience the World like an Acquired Savant
Jason Padgett draws stunning geometrical patterns and understands most complex math and physics concepts. Although, he wasn't always this way.

The highest math class he's had in school was pre-algebra. As as teenager, he would often say phrases like "Math is stupid" and "How are you ever going to use this?"

Everything changed when he was brutally attacked in 2002 outside of a karaoke bar.

Today Padgett is the first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia. Take a peak into his world, both personal and as a math marvel, in this inspiring memoir.
Reviews
"[Struck by Genius] travels seamlessly between the personal and the scientific in an engaging, finely rendered tale of a modern-day Phineas Gage—only instead of losing his sense of self, Padgett has gained a vision of the world that is as beautiful as it is challenging."
—New York Times Book Review

"Deeply absorbing . . . It's that contagious enthusiasm, bursting off the page, that makes this tale of a man trying to understand himself so fascinating. A-"
Entertainment Weekly

"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

"Beautiful, inspiring and intimate . . . An exquisite insider's look into the mysteries of consciousness."
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred* review

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"A remarkable, heartwarming and unforgettable first-person account of one man's struggle to comprehend his sudden genius in the wake of a traumatic assault. This truly amazing incident opens up a whole new dimension for science to explore."
—Berit Brogaard, Professor of Philosophy and Neurodynamics, University of Miami, Florida

"Acquired savant syndrome is an incredible phenomenon which points toward dormant potential—a little Rain Man perhaps—within us all. Jason Padgett's experience affirms that medical marvel in a demonstrable and irrefutable way. His compelling story calls for even more urgent inquiry into that remarkable, optimistic manifestation which holds great promise for better understanding both the brain and human potential."
—Darold A. Treffert, M.D., author of Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant

"Jason Padgett's story is an extraordinary example of the human capacity for adaptation and the immense importance of exploring the individual strengths hidden inside every person's brain."
—Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures

"A remarkable and wonderfully personal medical tale. It reminds us in equal measure about our possible capacities and our impoverished understanding about how to tap into them."
—David Eagleman, neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

"A tale worthy of Ripley's Believe It or Not! . . . This memoir sends a hopeful message to families touched by brain injury, autism, or neurological damage from strokes."
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What's Inside
Math Concepts
Jason explains how he understands the geometry of the world: light playing off of cars, tree branches swaying in the wind, water flowing down the drain, rainbow in the sky.

Following the trauma, Jason became fascinated with number Pi, irrational number that is "a fundamental building block of everything around me, a signifier of nature's perfect symmetry". This fascination with number Pi eventually lead to Jason's drawings as a way to show what he saw in his head but was lacking mathematical language to describe.

Personal Struggles
In his memoir, Jason also explains his fight with depression, physical pain, reclusiveness. Not only it was a long road for him to begin to understand relativity, prime numbers, interference, etc, a big part of recovery was personal struggles that eventually lead to a happy family life and a sense of balance and inner piece.

Jason describes his ordinary upbringing in Anchorage, Alaska, partying teenage years, family losses that shaped him, and, of cause, the feelings after the mugging. His story how he started drawing, went back to school, and found happiness is most inspiring.



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