** Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett

Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel tells the unusual story of a man who suffered a traumatic mugging that transformed him into a mathematical genius (but, sadly, with other issues more typical of brain injuries).

The story is told rather haphazardly and occasionally lapses into awkward self-congratulatory territory, but is a great reminder that our brains are terra incognita, and able to do much more than we usually experience.


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