Asperger's Syndrome and High Achievement: Some Very Remarkable People (Google eBook)

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Nov 17, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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'This book describes the lives and personalities of 20 remarkable people from the past, who may well have had Asperger's syndrome (AS). Famous in the fields of art, literature and science, among others, they illustrate vividly how highly intelligent people are able to surmount some of the problems that AS causes and achieve so much - more than might have been possible without it.' - Human Givens 'The aim of this book is to raise the self-esteem of individuals with AS. It certainly illustrates how much the world owes to people with AS. It would be relevant to anyone with an interest in AS.' - Good Autism Practice 'A highly readable text.' - Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation 'Definitely worth a read.' - The National Association for Gifted Children 'James makes a convincing case for including each on the list. He also helps to explain what some dismiss as "artistic creativity" as actually a logical aspect of AS.' - Book News This fascinating collection identifies famous figures from the past whose behaviour suggests they may have had autism, a disorder that was not defined until the mid-20th century. James looks at the lives of 20 individuals - scientists, artists, politicians and philosophers - examining in detail their interests, successes, indifferences and shortcomings. Among the profiles are those of mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell, who wondered in his autobiography how he managed to hurt the people around him quite without meaning to; biologist Alfred Kinsey, who excelled in academia but was ill at ease in social situations; and the writer Patricia Highsmith, who had very definite likes (fountain pens and absence of noise) and dislikes (television and four-course meals). From Albert Einstein to Philip of Spain, these intriguing individuals all showed clear evidence of autistic traits. This book will be of interest to general readers and anyone with a personal or professional interest in autism.
  

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Contents

1 Michelangelo Buonarroti 14751564
15
2 Philip of Spain 15271598
23
3 Isaac Newton 16421727
33
4 Jonathan Swift 16671745
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5 John Howard c 17261790
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6 Henry Cavendish 17311810
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7 Thomas Jefferson 17431826
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8 Vincent van Gogh 18531890
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13 Ramanujan 18871920
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14 Ludwig Wittgenstein 18891951
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15 Alfred Kinsey 18941956
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16 SimoneWeil 19091943
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17 Alan Turing 19121954
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18 Patricia Highsmith 19211995
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19 AndyWarhol 19281987
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20 Glenn Gould 19321982
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9 Eric Satie 18661925
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10 Bertrand Russell 18721970
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11 Albert Einstein 18791955
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12 Béla Bartók 18811945
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Conclusion
203
Bibliography
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Acknowledgments
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Ioan James is Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University, UK.

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