Doctors are perplexed by the case of Jason Padgett--A Tacoma, Washington resident who suffered an assault that left him with the extraordinary ability to constantly see complex geometrical equations. He hadn't taken a math class since dropping out of algebra. And now he's back in college, studying mathematics, and being studied by doctors.
The case of Padgett is a classic one. Scientists still do not know what causes certain brain injuries to produce geniuses. His case signifies that we may all carry the ability to become math savants.
Today's big idea explores genius -- why some have it, and why others don't.