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A journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today—guided by the owner himself.

Bestselling author Daniel Tammet (Thinking in Numbers) is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head.

He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man.

Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human—our minds.

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The first-ever memoir by an autistic savant, a man who can speak ten languages, who sees numbers with color and texture, who broke a record by memorizing over 22,000 digits of pi—and can write about it all with inspiring and heartbreaking simplicity and clarity.

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One of the worlds only 50 living autistic savants is the first to tell his compelling and inspiring life story, and explain how his incredible mind works. While Tammets brain has amazed scientists for years, readers will be moved by this remarkable mans story.

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Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist, and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses." His last book, the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, has been translated into 18 languages. He lives in Avignon, France.

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Shoshana, November 15, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Tammet describes his life as a child and adolescent with undiagnosed Asperger's. He was later identified as a person with mathematical savantism, rare in people with generally normal cognitive skills. I was fascinated by Tammet's descriptions of how he learns and the role synesthesia plays in his recall. I do not have Asperger's, but aspects of Tammet's descriptions are very familiar to me, particularly when he discusses language acquisition. (Like a certain number of adolescents, I also memorized a hunk of pi, though only to 100 places. Like Tammet, I have favorite sections.)

What I'd really enjoy is to see Tammet's draft of a section before editing. I'm very curious about the extent to which he and other authors in the autistic spectrum are able to imagine a reader's interests and present their thoughts so that another person could easily engage with them. I always wonder to what extent editing in the direction of psychological connection with the reader may mask an autistic way of telling the story.

I won't list the growing body of writing by people with autistic spectrum disorders. Send me a note if you'd like recommendations. Given Tammet's conjecture that an early episode of epilepsy may be responsible for his savantism, this would be interesting to read with Taylor's My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, where the brain damage caused by the author's stroke caused the expression of typically-suppressed functions opf other areas of the brain.
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ISBN:
9781416549017
Author:
Tammet, Daniel
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Psychopathology - Autism
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
autism, genius, geniuses, extraordinary minds, science, biology, Daniel Tammet, high-functioning, autistic, savant, Asperger s Syndrome, number patterns, language skills, psychology, memoir, personal, autobiography
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Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20071031
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
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8.44 x 5.5 in 7.77 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The first-ever memoir by an autistic savant, a man who can speak ten languages, who sees numbers with color and texture, who broke a record by memorizing over 22,000 digits of pi—and can write about it all with inspiring and heartbreaking simplicity and clarity.
"Synopsis" by , One of the worlds only 50 living autistic savants is the first to tell his compelling and inspiring life story, and explain how his incredible mind works. While Tammets brain has amazed scientists for years, readers will be moved by this remarkable mans story.
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