John Couch Adams's Asperger syndrome and the British non-discovery of Neptune

  title={John Couch Adams's Asperger syndrome and the British non-discovery of Neptune},
  author={William J. Sheehan and Steven D. Thurber},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society},
  pages={285 - 299}
We discuss the mathematical acumen of John Couch Adams together with cognitive and behavioural characteristics that suggest Asperger syndrome. We also review the historical events involved in the investigation of the unknown planet thought to be affecting the orbital motion of Uranus. Adams produced a vital computation necessary for the discovery of Neptune that was insufficient unless integrated with specialized knowledge of other members of a British ‘team’ and then presented formally to the… 
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