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Nature's Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential


reviewed by James H. Borland 1988

coverTitle: Nature's Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential
Author(s): David Henry Feldman, Lynn T. Goldsmith
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807731439, Pages: , Year: 1991
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 “This is a book about six unusual children,” writes David Henry Feldman1 at the beginning of Nature’s Gambit. “How unusual?” one might ask. Consider, for example, the case of the pseudonymous Adam Konantovich. Within three months of his birth, Feldman reports, Adam was speaking in grammatically correct sentences. By the age of six months, he was carrying on “complex conversations,” and by the time he reached his first birthday, he was reading simple books and correcting his mother’s spelling. When Feldman first met him, Adam, who had by then attained the advanced age of three and one-half years, was reading, writing, and speaking several languages, studying mathematics, and composing for the guitar. Clearly, this child’s development was sufficiently atypical to warrant Feldman’s use of the term unusual. However, it is not Feldman’s intention merely to parade Adam and the five other prodigies whose study constitutes the bulk of this book in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 89 Number 3, 1988, p. 451-445
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 555, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 10:35:15 PM

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