Child prodigies have been observed in a range of disciplines - particularly music, mathematics, chess, and art. The question of what makes a prodigy has long been controversial. Some have dismissed the notion of giftedness, arguing that most famous prodigies had strong parental, cultural, and environmental influences that helped them develop their extraordinary abilities. This books breaks new ground in presenting the first scientific exploration on the
topic of musical prodigies. It brings together research from a range of disciplines, including psychology, neurobiology, and genetics, to provide a thorough exploration of prodigious talent. In
addition, the book includes fascinating case studies of prodigies and also look at their long-term development into adulthood - many child prodigies have had problems making the transition into adolescence and adulthood.