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Did Asperger's Syndrome Contribute to Newton's Genius?

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Did Asperger's Syndrome Contribute to Newton's Genius?

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According to some researchers, Isaac Newton's brilliant work, obsessive tendencies, and lack of social grace may be signs of the psychological developmental disorder Asperger's syndrome.

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In 1727, just weeks before his death, Isaac Newton burned volumes of his own manuscripts. What did those papers contain? After spending much of his life studying the ancient art of alchemy, the codes of the bible, and trying to predict the apocalypse, did he discover something the world was not prepared to face? Modern psychiatrists suggest that this act, along with other strange behaviors, was caused by a sickness that not only made him paranoid and obsessive, but also explained his genius.

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