Gallery: Drawings of a Mathematical Savant

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Illustration of pi

Credit: Courtesy of Jason Padgett
Jason Padgett suffered an attack that gave him extraordinary mathematical abilities, a case of acquired savant syndrome. He created these drawings of how…Read More »

he sees reality. "I drew circles out of 180 triangles, then 360, then 720. With a finer pencil, he could draw even more. Through this process, I came to understand how pi is calculated by measuring the area of a circle."

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