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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel By Jason Padgett Maureen Ann Seaberg,

  • Title: Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
  • Author: Jason Padgett Maureen Ann Seaberg
  • ISBN: 9780544045606
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary giftNo 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 mathematicalThe remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary giftNo 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 wasn t 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 artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel Struck by Genius recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers, and spent plenty of time having his head examined Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight, his singular story reveals the wondrous potential of the human brainruckbygenius
    Struck by Genius How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary giftNo one sees the world as Jason Padgett does Water pours from the faucet in crysta

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    1. I had to finish this book much faster than I wanted to, it was due back at the library and someone else was waiting for it This young man has been through such a tremendous ordeal, from the initial beating to his recovery, PTSD and the new things of which his brain now seemed capable I can t imagine at all waking up and finding out I was capable of grasping the most intricate math problems, as well as his new way of seeing in geometric forms, a form of synesthesia which he did not have prior to [...]

    2. On a September night in 2002, Jason Padgett was brutally beaten outside a bar He suffered a traumatic brain injury that literally turned him into a different person Before the crime, he was a happy go lucky, 31 year old bar hopping player Afterward, he became a mathematical marvel, as the subtitle says, obsessed with the geometric fractal patterns he sees everywhere in a stream of running water, a line of trees, a ray of light glinting off a car hood.The world becomes a fascinating place for Pad [...]

    3. If you are interested in the brain and how it works this is the book for you A fascinating real life story about how a violent mugging shattered a man s lifeor did it For the author,Jason, this was a true life changing event He may as well have died and been reborn because that s how different he was An intriguing story watching him trying to understand his new world We get to see how very differently he sees This book truly shows that life is much deeper than what meets the eye It gets a bit mi [...]

    4. Interesting when it stayed on the main topic of the change in his thinking, etc However, a lot of specifics about his very narrow field of interest in fractal geometry I took math up through calculus and got an A in that , but I found it gobbledy gook and skimmed through a lot of it It could have been significantly shortened, with focus on the human interest aspects, and been better for it.

    5. This book is awful and I don t think I have ever stated that on this site before I was unable to finish it, which should disqualify me from writing a review, but I want to write one anyway to dissuade others from reading this self aggrandizing mess because the premise is too enticing to pass up The idea is fascinating and drew me in immediately an average Joe is badly beaten, has a traumatic brain injury TBI , and comes out of it a mathematical marvel Sounds like a thoughtful piece and a bit of [...]

    6. Like Su Meck, Jason Padgett suffered a traumatic brain injury both use the term 2.0 to describe their new persona and has written a memoir with the help of a cowriter The problem here is that I don t believe I m getting Padgett s real voice Somehow I fully believed I was encountering Su Meck and her personality when I read her very enjoyable I Forgot to Remember Here, though, the voice is all Seaberg s I feel I can say that with certainty because the book opens with a note from her perspective, [...]

    7. I love books about the workings of the human mind, and the true story of a party boy who becomes a mathematical genius after surviving a mugging seemed like it was right up my alley Unfortunately his newly discovered genius did not extend to writing, and even with a co author, the writing was labored and repetitive What would have been a fascinating article in the New Yorker was a dull slog through the self absorbed ramblings of a Rain Man wanna be Do yourself a favor and skip this in favor of B [...]

    8. As someone who studies physics and therefore lots of maths and is also interested in the brain and how it works, this book should have been totally perfect for me I found out about it through an interview with the authors on an episode of Science For The People I wasn t planning to seek it out, but I happened across it in the library and, after picking it up and putting it down at least once, decided to give it a go.One thing I feel like this book got really right was the balance between the pos [...]

    9. This book is the story of a series of remarkable transformations We meet Jason Bladgett as a bar hopping gym rat with a rather messy family life During one of those bar expeditions, he is violently mugged, suffering a traumatic brain injury When he recovers, he is suddenly able to see beautiful and fascinating geometrical patterns in everything he sees water swirling down a drain, sunlight bursting through leaves, the veins in his hand He also become synesthetic Transformation 1 Unfortunately, t [...]

    10. My other half found this book in the library and checked it out for me, as he had a feeling I would like it I m not sure how some arrive at the idea that he is talking down to anyone or lifting himself up That didn t strike me as being the case at all Instead, it s a look at how dramatically his life has changed since his brain injury He does explain mathematical concepts and how he sees the world, but I found that interesting as well Or maybe it s just that psychology and mathematics are both t [...]

    11. This is a non fiction account of a man who became a genius after a head injury The main problem with this was the writing style one of the things Jason says he lost after the injury was the ability to concentrate on reading and writing So this book is a joint venture between him and Maureen Seaberg but is told from first person all the way through The inner workings of the brain are a complete mystery and the science bits trying to explain what happened are interesting However the chapters aroun [...]

    12. Disclaimer I received this book through the First Reads program.Jason Padgett was living a rather meandering life, working during the day and partying at night One night, while leaving a bar, he is mugged and severely beaten, suffering brain trauma While recovering, he begins to see the world in fractal, geometric patterns though he doesn t know this at the time Thus begins his journey to acquire the vocabulary needed to explain what he s seeing and to understand his synesthesia and acquired adu [...]

    13. I found the telling of Jason s story a bit repetitive There were, however, a lot of upsides to the book One of the things I came to appreciate was how, as his story unfolded, he inadvertently exposed the extent of ableism that people are exposed to One especially moving story was of his encounter with two persons with Cerebral Palsy He frequently refers to how fortunate he was in his journey, and I agree I am certain many people who undergo similar injuries end up homeless because they do not ha [...]

    14. This is a riveting story about a man who was severely beaten in a robbery, but due to his injuries, acquired synthesthesia abilities where numbers invoked shapes, and flowing water became web like Today, Jason Padgett sees fractals when he looks at trees, has acquired math and drawing skills that are nothing short of phenomenal, and sees light in an entirely new way His unusual trauma induced abilities are being studied by brain experts and may lead to changes in the way we think of latent abili [...]

    15. I was excited to read this story, both for the crime, psychology and human interest elements, and for the math and physics aspects I was a bit apprehensive, though, due to some early reviews But I find Jason and his story extremely interesting and curious I find myself liking him as the story progresses I m enjoying this book very much.

    16. Wonderful read I ve read a few biographies on regular people who have experienced savant like abilities after a brain injury It s so fascinating This book made me want to get knocked over the head

    17. I never knew that a circle isn t round until I read this book It was worth it just for that insight into pi.And then there s a lot of other cool stuff to think about, besides the interesting story of Jason Padgett and his brain injury.Highly recommended.

    18. Jason Padgett is a very ordinary guy he gets mugged outside a bar one night, and his head injuries result savant syndrome, coupled with synasthesia Plenty of info about synesthesia, the workings of the brain, and so on Interesting.

    19. Dude gets jumped by thugs, who pound his head with their fists and boots Because of this, he becomes a savant with incredible math and art skills Still, you shouldn t punch people you don t know.

    20. Absolutely fascinating read For everyone from scientists to philosophers and even to hippies and yogis Check it out, or if not at least check out this guy s drawings of Pi.

    21. I give this book a 3.5 star rating I really liked the content, it s one of the most fascinating memoirs that I ve read, but somehow some parts were a little draggy and so I can t say I enjoyed all of it, so I couldn t give it 4 stars That it was written by another author who wasn t the protagonist also made the book lose its voice somewhat The human brain contains vast potential Jason discovered this when he suffered brain damage and suddenly unlocked certain parts of the brain he started to see [...]

    22. I give Struck by Genius only a so so rating The main character, Jason Padgett, randomly becomes a mathematical genius after a mugging I admire his life story and it certainly is an example of how amazing stuff can happen to anyone The book goes fast and is written well However, it wasn t as good as I hoped it would be.After the backstory, the mugging, and the aftermath, I especially lost interest in the last part of the book, when it focuses on his diagnosis and new life opportunities Maybe ther [...]

    23. Something for everyone Tragedy, agoraphobia, science, romance, defeat, failure, physical pain, mental pain, acceptance, confusion, etc.Padgett sustained a head injury from a mugging attack Due to this, he spent 4 years in the solktude of his home, afraid of the world Thanks to the inclusion of the Internet, he finds he has some new mathematical abilities that he did not have prior to the attack Finally he takes the leap, meets the outside world and starts college I found him to be a good story t [...]

    24. Struck by Genius is a useful addition to the growing collection of memoirs written by acquired savants and I think is primarily of interest to those who have a particular interest in this topic Some reviewers complain about the inclusion of detailed mathematical discussion of Jason Padgett s drawings However, other reviewers wish there were actually math, and lament the many pages devoted to descriptions of Jason s personal challenges in dealing with his accident and its consequences Others and [...]

    25. I might say that I am lucky that this year I had the opportunity to read two books that present two real cases of uncommon human beings One of this books is the one that I will talk about today Struck by Genius which is written as an autobiography of Jason Padgett with the help of the journalist Maureen Seaberg.The book presents the life of an ordinary man, who until his late 20s, early 30s was a partying Tomcat, working at his father s furniture store and with no interest in science whatsoever [...]

    26. Very interesting story of a young man who suffers a TBI after being beaten in an attack Following his journey from being a regular young man enjoying the usual partying to finding himself waking up after his injury to looking at the world totally different in geometric ways and now out of nowhere having the ability to do the most complicated math problems when before he struggled with math It is a very informative book about synesthesia and savant syndrome At times I found it repetitive and slow [...]

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