Mathematical Digest

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"Autistic Genius?": Review of two books on autism. Reviewed by Allan Snyder.Nature, 1 April 2004.

Snyder summarizes and critiques two recent books: Autism and Creativity: IsThere a Link between Autism in Men and Exceptional Ability?, by MichaelFitzgerald (Brunner-Routledge, 2003) and Autism: Mind and Brain, editedby Uta Frith and Elisabeth Hill (Oxford University press, 2003). Both booksexamine the spectrum of autistic behaviors and individuals and the idea of"genius". The review includes a photograph of mathematician Ramanujan with thecaption, "Did autism help shape the thinking of Indian mathematician SrinivasaRamanujan?"

--- Annette Emerson