How a brain injury made a Tacoma man a mathematical marvel

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 9:06 AM

Twelve years ago, a violent attack changed a Tacoma man in ways no one expected. Jason Padgett says before the attack, math was a mystery to him. After the attack, he not only developed the ability to understand complex mathematics and physics, but he can also see the world in intricate geometric shapes, which he can recreate by hand.

In his new book, "Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel," Jason shares his incredible transition from self-proclaimed "jock" to someone who's known as a "medical marvel", and the first person documented to be diagnosed as having aquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia. Jason joined host Margaret Larson on the show today to tell his story and talk about his new book.

Jason shared more of his experiences and his artwork Monday at his book signing at Town Hall Seattle. The event started at 7:30pm but doors opened at 6:30pm and tickets were $5. Click HERE for more details.

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