Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Changed the World

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AAPC Publishing, 2007 - Education - 309 pages
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Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Changed the World proposes that many famous historical figures had an autistic mind-style, and that this should color the way we approach autism today Arguing that highly creative people are largely “born and not made,” the authors of Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Changed the World present case studies of the lives of 21 famous individuals, tying their personalities, talents and lifestyles to the major characteristics of Asperger Syndrome. Subjects range from the well-known to some more obscure, including political/military figures (Thomas Jefferson, Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, Bernard Law Montgomery and Charles de Gaulle), mathematicians (Archimedes, Charles Babbage, Paul Erdös, Norbert Wiener, David Hilbert, and Kurt Gödel), scientists (Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Henry Cavendish and Gregor Mendel), writers (Gerard Manley Hopkins and H. G. Wells), plus maverick aviator Charles Lindbergh, psychologist John Broadus Watson and sexologist Alfred C. Kinsey.This book's chief importance lies in challenging – from a fresh perspective – an often negative perception of autism and Asperger Syndrome by demonstrates that many persons with autism have lived rich, complex and productive lives, and that their intelligence contributed hugely to shaping the world that we now know.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Archimedes
23
Isaac Newton
29
Henry Cavendish
51
Thomas Jefferson
59
Charles Babbage
69
Charles Darwin
81
Gregor Johann Mendel
91
Albert Einstein
199
Bernard Law Montgomery
211
Charles de Gaulle
221
Alfred C Kinsey
235
Norbert Wiener
247
Charles A Lindbergh
255
Kurt Godel
265
Paul Erdos
277

Thomas Stonewall Jackson
101
Gerard Manley Hopkins
111
Nikola Tesla
127
David Hilbert
141
H G Wells
151
John Broadus Watson
185
Conclusion
287
References
291
Notes
299
Index
305
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Michael Fitzgerald describes Ruby as "my favorite language so far" and is working regularly with Ruby and the Rails framework. He has written over 150 Ruby programs for testing and demonstration, and has been developing a library of sample Ruby code. He is the author of Learning XSLT and XML Hacks, and co-author on the XML Pocket Reference.

O'Brien, RTE senior current affairs reporter, has reported on Northern Ireland and the Irish national issue since 1974; made three major documentaries on the IRA.

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