June 20, 2017
For over 25 years, Thomas G. West has been a leading advocate for the importance of visual thinking, visual technologies and the creative potential of individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences. Here, he investigates how different kinds of brains and different ways of thinking can help to make discoveries and solve problems in innovative and unexpected ways. Based on first-person accounts, West tells stories that include: a rock concert special effects tech who is now an advocate for those with Asperger’s syndrome, dyslexic master code breakers in a British electronic intelligence organization, a Colorado livestock handling expert who has become a forceful advocate for those with autism, and a family of dyslexics and visual thinkers in Britain that includes four winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
This inspiring book not only documents the achievements of people with various learning differences, but reveals their great potential – especially in a digital age where an ability to think in pictures and to understand patterns using high-level computer information visualizations is rapidly increasing in value in the global economic marketplace.
Thomas G. West is the author of In the Mind’s Eye: Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics and the Rise of Visual Technologies, which was selected as an outstanding academic title by Choice magazine, a publication of the American Library Association. He is also the author of Thinking like Einstein: Returning to Our Visual Roots with the Emerging Revolution in Computer Information Visualization. West lectures worldwide and has given presentations to such institutions as the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, the Netherlands Design Institute, the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda Maryland, Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, and the NASA Ames Research Center.