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 Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel.

Everybody should read this book. Honestly, it is one of the best books I have read in years. Jason writes with such honesty about his attack and subsequent losses but could not be more open about his experiences with savant syndrome and how it changed him.

Maths, is fascinating. I don’t think I would like having my brain working in overdrive constantly, but I would love to see the world through Jason’s eyes for a day. His fascination for pi is not new to the world, many of the best brains in the world are. I wonder if he celebrates March 14th in a particular way, for those that don’t know, it’s pi day (3/14).

His sketches are outstanding, they could easily be plotted on a graphical software such as Matlab yet somehow they are sketched by Jason. His sketches are under copyright, you can see them here.

One of his points which will stay with me is that all are brains are underused and under developed. Something inside the majority of the populations brain stops us from exploring our full potential and unlocking the true power of our brain. This is not a new theory and has been well documented throughout history. I would love in the future to see how technology and increasing research proves or disapproves the theory.