The Savant Max Weisberg a mentally disabled mathematical savant gained a reputation starting in the s as one of America s foremost sports bookmakers Although nationally known for the accuracy of his odds a

  • Title: The Savant
  • Author: Jack El-Hai
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Max Weisberg, a mentally disabled mathematical savant, gained a reputation starting in the 1960s as one of America s foremost sports bookmakers Although nationally known for the accuracy of his odds and point spreads, Max was unable to comprehend his electric bill or care for his massively cluttered duplex apartment in St Paul, Minnesota Police routinely raided his homeMax Weisberg, a mentally disabled mathematical savant, gained a reputation starting in the 1960s as one of America s foremost sports bookmakers Although nationally known for the accuracy of his odds and point spreads, Max was unable to comprehend his electric bill or care for his massively cluttered duplex apartment in St Paul, Minnesota Police routinely raided his home and seized incriminating scoresheets and cash, and courts frequently sent him to prison for breaking gambling laws All that changed, however, when Max s new lawyer developed a defense of mental incompetence, based on Max s IQ of 70 In this extended essay, writer Jack El Hai author of the nonfiction book The Lobotomist interviews Max, investigates his unusual life, and explores why he is drawn to the savant s strange story Can Max tell right from wrong How does he perform his mental calculations Should a savant bookie receive a free pass to take bets

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    1. Jack El-Hai takes a most engaging look into the life of Max Weisberg, one of America's notorious bookies of the late 20th century. Max was a man who could keep any computation of numbers in his head but had an IQ of 70, and almost assuredly had savant syndrome. He kept getting arrested and imprisoned, and it was because he did regularly break laws. But did he know right from wrong? This is the story of a real-life Rain Man and only a seasoned author like Jack El-Hai could do him justice by tackl [...]

    2. A few pages Info this short story, I thought of Max in the wonderful movie "Mary and Max". If that movie moved you, you'll want to read this story. I think you should read it no matter what. I feel my life is a bit richer having the tale of Max told in Jack El-Hai's writing on a shelf in my brain.It's also interesting to see the utter ignorance about mental disabilities in crime-fighting circles. At least in the past. Strong suspicions seem to override a fair investigation and evaluation of some [...]

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