Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

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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.
 

About Daniel Tammet

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Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. He is the author of Embracing the Wide Sky and the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day. He has appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and many other publications. He lives in Paris.
 
Published January 9, 2007 by Free Press. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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A riveting account of living with autism.

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With all due respect to Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and any living Nobel laureates, the most remarkable mind on the planet just might belong to 27-year-old Daniel Tammet.

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With all due respect to Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and any living Nobel laureates, the most remarkable mind on the planet just might belong to Daniel Tammet, the 27-year-old author of Born on a Blue Day.

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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.

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