This article was published on April 30th, 2012
A man who was repeatedly kicked in the head by brutal muggers has been hailed a math genius by experts.
The 41-year-old was ambushed by the attackers outside a nightclub who threw him to the floor and left him with severe brain injuries.
Now, wherever the man looks, he sees mathematical formulas and equations and turns them in to intricate works of art.
He is thought to be the only person in the World to have this rare skill and medical experts say that it was caused by the brain injuries.
Doctors say that the attack victim has been left with a ‘remarkable gift,’ and compared him to mathematician John Nash.
The American, who works behind a counter at a furniture store, has no qualifications in further education and no background in maths.
“I literally dream about it. There’s not a moment that I can’t see it, and it just doesn’t turn off,” he told press.
“I see bits and pieces of the Pythagorean theorem everywhere.
“Every single little curve, every single spiral, every tree is part of that equation.”
The 41-year-old realised he had adopted a skill a few weeks after the incident and was taken to Finland where experts carried out experiments.
They concluded that because of the injuries, other parts of his brain were working to compensate for the damage.
Doctors say the new areas that showed activity were places that most people don’t have access to.
When asked if he could choose to turn off the brain injury victim said: “Sometimes I would really like to turn it off, and it won’t
“But the good far outweighs the bad. I would not give it up for anything.”
You can see examples of his drawings by searching Google here.