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Daniel sees numbers as shapes, colours and textures and can perform Touching as well as fascinating, Born On A Blue Day explores what it’s like to be . Daniel Tammet has been working with scientists to understand the implications ‘You close BORN ON A BLUE DAY with a sense of profound. Daniel Tammet FRSA (born 31 January ) is an English essayist, novelist, poet, translator, and autistic savant. His memoir, Born on a Blue Day, about .

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If you think I’m going too far, I invite you to read page 82 on which the author recounts how he hit a little girl one of the precious few people in the book whose name he fails to remember with no good reason and without a hint of remorse. Numbers are my first language, one I often think and feel in. What is particularly unusual about this man is that he has learned to handle his “abnormalities” so that he can live an almost normal life with his partner, can travel around the world, and – importantly in this context – can write absorbing and enthralling text.

Yet in other areas, he is compulsive, inept, afraid, or tam,et awkward. I also understand how the constancy of numbers gives him security.

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He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he’s wearing. He meets one of the world’s most accomplished lip readers in Canada, learns how endangered languages like Manx are being revived and corresponds with native speakers of Esperanto in their mother tongue.

Or maybe he suceeds because he uses visual images to aid him. He can calculate and memorize large numbers, partly due to synesthesia. Still, I am left with question after question after question.

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Parents or siblings of someone with Aspergers. He set the European record for reciting pi from memory to 22, digits in five hours and nine minutes on 14 March Conversely, test results showed his memory for faces scored at the level expected of a 6- to 8-year-old child in this task.

Daniel has a compulsive need for order and routine – he eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he’s wearing. A telephone number with the sequence is much more beautiful to me than one with a sequence like A calendar of colours The “blue day” in the title is a Wednesday – all Wednesday’s are blue. My two daughters do not. Kim was born with an enlarged head and a water blister inside his skull that damaged the left hemisphere, the side of the brain involved in such critical areas as speech and language.

Tammet’s world is one of numbers, counting, language, and other fascinations. When he was asked how many grains of corn there would be in any one of 64 boxes, with 1 in the first, 2 in the second, 4 in the third, 8 in the fourth, and so on, he gave answers for the fourteenth 8,for the eighteenthand the twenty-fourth 8, instantaneously, and he gave the figures for the forty-eighth box ,, in six seconds.

Book Excerptise: Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet

What I’m thinking about bleu Tolstoy and maths”. As he discusses gro Daniel Tammet first became known to the world for such feats as setting the world record for memorizing the most digits of PI 22, and learning to speak Icelandic in a week. Instead, this is a human interest story and can be only enjoyed as such.

And that makes for a truly engrossing book. Our Authors See all Authors. His is a fascinating mind and experience, and the book is definitely worth reading if you’re interested in how the brain works, how autism or savantism work, and particularly how Tammet sees numbers, letters, etc. Those who have previously heard of Tammet will recall that he is a mathematical savant. Parts of the book just totally blew my mind away.


He explains his thought processes as he solves a puzzle. Nov 22, David rated it really liked it. I have Asperger’s syndrome, a relatively mild and high-functioning form of autism that affects around 1 in every people in the United Kingdom. Mine is an unusual and complex type, through which I see numbers as shapes, dsniel, textures and motions.

Excerpt: “Born on a Blue Day,” by Daniel Tammet

What better way to learn about autism than by reading a book by a person who has it? Exciting, twisty and very very timely. Combinations of numbers appear like landscapes to him, and he finds them beautiful and comforting. One of the most important psychologists alive today tells the story of the transformation of modern psychology through the lens of his own career and change of heart.

Born On a Blue Day

After Lithuania Daniel went home and eventually met Neil online. It’s a very interesting personal account of a man living in England who has both Savant Syndrome and Asperger’s. What the author did to remarkably well is get me to understand how he thinks!

The autism of the author makes it difficult for him to truly empathize with emotional experiences that you or I would take for granted and that are also important to writing compellingly.

In he became something of a celebrity in England when he memorized and recited the first 22, digits of pi, setting a new world record.