On Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:47:43 -0600, Joe Niederberger <email@example.com> wrote:
>> My final thoughts on this is that visualizations are an exciting part >> of the product, but they are not part of the ingredients. > > See "The World of Blind Mathematcians": > http://www.ams.org/notices/200210/comm-morin.pdf > > Even so, a lot of the famous blind mathematicians seem to think > visually. From the article: > "Far from detracting from his extraordinary visualization ability, > Morin's blindness may have enhanced it."
When I was a sprout, in graduate school, I read journal articles into a tape recorder for Norberto Salinas, who is mentioned in the article Joe links to above. Our association lasted for two years, and ended when I completed my degree and left the University of Kansas, so I got to know him fairly well.
He credited his loss of his sight, not with enhancing his visualization ability, but with enhancing his powers of abstraction.