The lead book review in People magazine this week (the world’s 50 Most Beatutiful People issue, featuring 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong’o on the cover) is for an unusual memoir. Jason Padgett a “muscled, Mullet-wearing party boy whose most profound thought involved his favorite teams and new dates.” (the New York Post puts it succinctly in their headline, “From Mullet To Math Genius“).
Today, he works with MIT scientists on fractal applications. What caused this huge change? A traumatic brain injury that seems to have unlocked mathematical talents. People gives 3.5 of 4 stars to his memoir, Struck by Genius, (HMH; Brilliance Audio), noting that it readers “contemplate the bizarre gifts that might lie within all of us.”
The author appeared on today’s CBS This Morning.