13th December 2011, 9:18 AM
It does not have to be similar to instruments. I assume that the autistic people with musical abilities are more known than those with other abilities because many people are interested in music. Some psychologist specializing in autism think that both Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton had a form on autism, but it's of course impossible to confirm if were autistic. Most people don't study enough to reach the levels when younger/newer scientists' works are topical, so it's probably also common that people don't know about the academic achievements of autistic people. The academic achievements that most people encounter in school happened so long ago that it's not possible to confirm if the scientist were autistic and (in Sweden) the scientists are not mentioned when it's about newer discoveries (they are mentioned in science education at a higher level than what is mandatory).
Originally Posted by foxyman1167