"Hulbert attempts to capture the complicated lives of child prodigies without descending into voyeurism or caricature....
"It's a fascinating if at times disturbing chronicle of how 15 prodigies came to the world's attention--and at what cost.
And even the most seemingly well-adjusted prodigies
don't exactly breeze through adolescence.
"We haven't identified the mutations, but we found that there's something in this region of chromosome 1 that is the same with both prodigies and their family members with autism," Bartlett said.
The Human Heredity study involved five child prodigies and their families that Ruthsatz has been studying, some for many years.
In addition, half of the prodigies
had a family member or a first- or second-degree relative with an autism diagnosis.
Of the eight prodigies
studied, three had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.
Meet nine child prodigies
from three centuries, including Phillis Wheatley, Clara Schumann and Terence Tao.
He demonstrates the continuing importance of prodigies
and wonders in political and religious discourse long after the Restoration.
Kenneson begins all this with "A Personal view," an enthusiastic reflection upon his own experience as a teacher of prodigies
. Instrumental teachers and students will find the story of Shauna Rolston, who began studying with Kenneson before her third birthday, particularly revealing.
In the end, monsters, wonders, and prodigies
, like all such marginalia so much now in vogue, can tell us much about the boundaries and limits of order and regularity, but little about the territory that lies within.
In her latest book, Ann Hulbert explores the lives of 15 brilliant child prodigies
and the lessons they can provide.