Washington: How Jason Padgett became a math genius
In 2002, Jason Padgett was beaten up during a robbery in Tacoma. “They ran up behind me, smashed me behind the head, knocked me out.” But unlike the majority of people who suffer a brain injury and lose abilities: Jason gained the rare ability to see and draw certain mathematical images. Specialists told him that he likely acquired savant syndrome: people who developed abilities after suffering a head injury. It’s very rare, injury to one part of Jason’s brain began to compensate by making more neural connections. In Jason’s case in the part of his brain that analyzes geometry. When he recovered, he had acquired the ability to “visualize complex mathematical objects and physics concepts intuitively.” Who thinks as something so terrible like a mugging would turn into something like that. It’s fascinating how the brain works and what he can do now.