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Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant


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ISBN13: 9781416535072
ISBN10: 1416535071
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curlygurl, March 31, 2008 (view all comments by curlygurl)
This book is the autobiography of Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant. Daniel's being a savant is enough on its own to make him a rarity, but add to it that he suffers from autism and its quite a remarkable story. While few people who suffer from autism will experience the independence and successful social relationships that Daniel has, his story is still an inspiration.
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The Enchanter, February 27, 2007 (view all comments by The Enchanter)
Born on a Blue Day is about the trials and tribulations of Daniel Tammet, an extraordinary mind, a charming, gifted young man.
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adeleye, February 16, 2007 (view all comments by adeleye)
I thought autism was a disease or at best a disadvantage, but Tammets' story makes you unsure what's the difference between gifted and disabled. Less than a hairline if you ask me.
After reading Tammet's story, I realize that I have no "weaknesses" or "gifts". Just attitude and support - or the lack of it.
A very touching story
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How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
Tammet, Daniel
Panek, Richard
Seaberg, Maureen Ann
Padgett, Jason
Grandin, Temple
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Savants (savant syndrome)
Personal Memoirs
Science & Technology
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17 b/w drawings and 8-page 4/c insert
9 x 6 in

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Product details 256 pages Free Press - English 9781416535072 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome. Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. Besides being able to effortlessly multiply and divide huge sums in his head with the speed and accuracy of a computer, Tammet, the subject of the 2005 documentary Brainman, learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,514th digit, breaking the European record. He also experiences synesthesia, an unusual neurological syndrome that enables him to experience numbers and words as 'shapes, colors, textures and motions.' Tammet traces his life from a frustrating, withdrawn childhood and adolescence to his adult achievements, which include teaching in Lithuania, achieving financial independence with an educational Web site and sustaining a long-term romantic relationship. As one of only about 50 people living today with synesthesia and autism, Tammet's condition is intriguing to researchers; his ability to express himself clearly and with a surprisingly engaging tone (given his symptoms) makes for an account that will intrigue others as well." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This is a concise book about a very expansive mind. By studying Daniel we may come closer to being able to tap the 'little Rain Man' that exists, perhaps, within us all."
"Review" by , "A riveting account of living with autism....Transcends the disability-memoir genre."
"Review" by , "The probability of someone having both synesthesia and autism is incredibly small....The resulting book is a story of a life that is both remarkable and inspiring."
"Review" by , "It was fascinating to read how the mind of a mathematical savant is both similar to and different from my visual brain. Daniel thinks in patterns of color, shapes, and relationships between numbers, instead of in photo-realistic images. This book is a must-read for anybody who is interested in how the mind works."
"Review" by , "Something in the way that Mr. Tammet describes the beautiful, aching, hallucinatory process of arriving at his answers illuminates the excitement of all cogitation."
"Review" by , "Although Tammet is only 27, his autobiography is as fascinating as Benjamin Franklin's and John Stuart Mill's."
"Synopsis" by , A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate
"Synopsis" by , The remarkable story of an ordinary man whose world was transformed when a traumatic brain injury left him with an extraordinary mathematical gift.
"Synopsis" by ,
The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift

No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us.

Yet Padgett wasnand#8217;t born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.

The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel. Struck by Genius recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind. Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers, and spent plenty of time having his head examined. Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight, his singular story reveals the wondrous potential of the human brain.

"Synopsis" by ,
A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate

When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes andand#160;treatments. Now Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution.

Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isnand#8217;t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions.

From the and#8220;aspiesand#8221; in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.

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