Math prodigy: Autism is key to success

A young math prodigy tells 60 Minutes he’s proud of his autism and considers it a key to his success. At 13, Jake Barnett is a college sophomore.

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  1. Wow – what an inspiring story.

    In a way, this reminds me of a TEDx talk I heard recently – You’re Not That Great: A Motivational Speech:

    “You choose today whether you want your life to be not bad or great… a life devoid of risk or full of meaning. It is my sincere hope you choose a life full of meaning.”
    – Dr. Daniel Crosby.


  2. Stacy in NJ says:

    An amazing kid. Without people like Jacob the rest of us would still be living in caves.

  3. In a link to answers to the question, what is it like to understand advanced mathematics?, there were posts by autistic mathematicians who talked about seeing math differently — a kind of synesthesia, my son has told me.

  4. I hope that his book does help kids see that math is not scary. I teach both the gifted math kids and the kids who are not very strong in math, and any help I can get to help all kids be successful in math is appreciated!