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Autism and Mathematical Talent

Autism and Mathematical Talent

 

IOAN JAMES

Autism is a developmental or personality disorder, not an illness, but autism can coexist with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and manic- depression. It shows itself in early childhood and is present throughout life; sometimes it becomes milder in old age. Nowadays it is recognized as a wide spectrum of disorders, with classical autism, where the individual is wrapped up in his or her own private world, at one extreme. It is estimated that in the United Kingdom slightly under one percent of the population, about half a million people, have a disorder on the autism spectrum. The corresponding figure for other countries is not available, although it is unlikely to be very different. Autism is present in all cultures and, as far as we ....


  

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