Washington: In an
incident which appears be a perfect plot for any reality-based
fiction work, an American college dropout after being brutally
attacked by a group of street robbers has turned a mathematics
It happened after 41-year-old Jason Padgett's brain was damaged in
a brutal attack by muggers. He was left concussed after being
ambushed outside a karaoke club and repeatedly kicked in the head,
the Daily Mail reported.
Now, wherever Padegtt looks, he sees mathematical formulas and
turns them into stunning, intricate diagrams he can draw by hand.
He is the only person in the world known to the skill, which
experts say, was caused by his head injury. They believe the
damage to Padgett's brain has left him with a "remarkable gift"
To understand how Padgett's brain works, neuroscientist and
philosophy professor Berit Brogaard and her team flew Padgett to
Finland to run a series of tests.
His brain scanning showed damage that was forcing his brain to
overcompensate in certain areas that most people do not have
Brogaard, who is based at the Centre for Neurodynamics at the
University of Missouri-St. Louis, said the result that Padgett is
now an acquired savant, meaning brilliant in a specific area.
"Savant syndrome is the development of a particular skill, that
can be mathematical, spatial, or autistic, that develop to an
extreme degree that sort of makes a person superhuman," the