Victim of Brain Injury turned Mathematical Marvel
When Jason Padgett was attacked by muggers outside a karaoke club ten years ago, he thought he was going to die. Repeatedly kicked in the head, his brain trauma caused him to develop a mysterious mathematical gift. Now, the former college drop-out is an aspiring number theorist and mathematician with acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia. Read More >
TEDx: Alternate Realities from Relativity
Meet the Accidental Genius
Jason Padgett's Brain Injury Turned Mathmatical
The World Through the Eyes of Jason Padgett
No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us.
Yet, Padgett wasn’t born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.
The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel. In his presentation, he recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind. Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers and spent plenty of time having his head examined. Padgett reveals the wondrous potential of the human brain.
"Jason was perfect!! The whole event last night went very well. We spent a good bit of time together—he's a great guy! Thanks so much for steering us to him!"
"A different theme is chosen every conference and this spring’s WASWUG had a superhero theme, making Mr. Padgett, with his fascinating story of acquired genius, a perfect fit. Mr. Padgett’s story was inspirational, educational, and incredibly funny. From seeing fascinating diagrams of the interesting ways his mind sees the world to hearing anecdotes, Mr.Padgett kept the room of 1,074 attendees laughing, aweing, and engaged throughout his entire time on stage."
"Jason is insightful and adept at sharing complex information in ways that his audience can relate to and understand. He is also a compassionate, caring person who strives to support others as they, too, ask questions and look for greater understanding of a wide variety of topics."