A Brain Injury Has Turned A Man Into A Mathematical Genius


ScienceAlertStaff for ScienceAlert
After being brutally attacked in 2002, Jason Padgett now sees the world through a geometric lens. New research suggests the same ability may lie dormant in all our brains.


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But while recovering from his injury, he suddenly started to see the world differently. It was pixelated and appeared as „discrete picture frames with a line connecting them, but still at real speed“. Imagine a set of video frames that haven’t been smoothed, explains Tanya Lewis who has written about Padgett’s amazing story for LiveScience.

He also started to see geometric shapes almost everywhere he looked. „I see shapes and angles everywhere in real life“ — from the geometry of a rainbow, to the fractals in water spiralling down a drain, Padgett told Live Science. „It’s just really beautiful.“

He started drawing geometric shapes frequently without knowing what they meant. It was only after a physicist saw him sketching in a mall and encouraged him to study mathematics that he realised he suddenly could understand extremely complex concepts, such as that of pi.

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