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12 years ago, an attack outside a bar left Jason Padgett with a severe concussion. But the incident also turned the furniture salesman from Tacoma, Wash., into a mathematical genius.

Now, researchers have figured out how this happened, and they think such skills may lie dormant in all human brains.

Padgett, who has published a new memoir called Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel, said, “I see shapes and angles everywhere in real life,” (from the geometry of a rainbow, to the fractals in water spiraling down a drain). “It’s just really beautiful.”

(READ the story in the Washington Post)

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