Twelve years ago, Tacoma resident Jason Padgett’s life was dramatically changed when a violent mugging altered his brain forever. Struck By Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel is the “beautiful, inspiring, and intimate account” of his post-trauma journey, from ordinary individual to medical marvel. Padgett’s is the first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia — he sees the world in a series of mathematical designs. In his eyes, numbers are geometric shapes and the beauty of everything is seen through the lens of mathematics. To help shape his newfound outlook, Padgett began drawing the patterns he saw around him. Struck By Genius is Padgett’s story — one of recovery, love, surprises, and the immense possibilities of the human brain.
Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store through The Seattle Science Lectures. Series sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Learn more: See Padgett’s mathematical artwork.