<em>X plus Y</em> does a great job of mirroring some of my own feelings. I can easily relate to the socially awkward young Nathan, away from home for the first time, in an unfamiliar land. In the true story, one major difference is that I was interested in China since long before the maths competitions. It started at about the age of 13 when I started reading Chinese novels.
Born in Yorkshire, Daniel Lightwing is a mathematical genius. He represented the UK at the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2006, winning a silver medal. In 2007, Daniel was the star of BBC documentary "Beautiful Young Minds", which documented the IMO's selection process and followed the contestants on their journey through the competition. Daniel went on the study Maths at Cambridge University, where he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. A new feature film based on Daniel's experiences, X+Y, will be released in UK cinemas on Friday March 13th, and stars Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan and Asa Butterfield.
I often think about where a talent in mathematics comes from? Is it a side effect of having Aspergers? If I can't understand the society around me, Maths might seem like the easiest subject to relate to. A pure subject, untainted by human bias.
11/03/2015 17:23 GMT