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Uploaded on Nov 16, 2010
FEDERAL WAY — Eight years ago Jason Padgett was beaten up during a robbery in Tacoma. A traumatic assault with an unlikely ending. *Disclaimer* Jason gave advice on fractal fusion, this is not associated with MIT: Correctioin
"They ran up behind me, smashed me behind the head, knocked me out ." But unlike the majority of people who suffer a brain injury and lose abilities; Jason gained the rare ability to see and draw certain mathematical images. Specialists told him he likely acquired savant syndrome.
It's very rare. Injury to one part of Jason's brain began to compensate by making more neural connections ...in Jason's case in the part of his brain that analyzes geometry.
Now scientists with M-I-T are relying on this Federal Way "Math Wizard" to assist with some of their projects.
Jason is the best math tutor his daughter, Megan could ever ask for, " It's very nice, I know he can explain it to me like in an easy way, and with more advanced math."
Jason admits he's obsessed and not being able to turn off this passion can sometimes interfere with daily life. Ultimately, he'd like to use his passion to teach.