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Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Daniel Tammet

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Title:Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
Authors:Daniel Tammet
Info:Free Press (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, memoirs, Read in 2013
Tags:Aspergers, autism, autistic savants, autobiography, British, England, epilepsy, gay, genius, mathematics, memoirs, mental health, non-fiction, numbers, psychology, savants, synesthesia, pi, childhood, diagnoses, relationships, families, schools, languages, computers, programs

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Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant: A Memoir by Daniel Tammet (2006)


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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
As the subtitle says this book is about a high-functioning person on the autism disorder spectrum. But what the title doesn't explicitly say is that the autistic person wrote the book himself. As such it is a fascinating look into how a person with autism thinks and feels.

Daniel Tammet is British, born to working-class people as the eldest of nine children. He early on demonstrated his autistic tendencies, preferring to spend time alone in his room over playing with his siblings or other children. He also displayed an early fascination with numbers. He has synaesthesia which means that numbers and words have unique shapes, colours and textures when he thinks of them. This perhaps explains his incredible memory for numbers. He holds the world record for reciting the digits of pi, a total of 22,514 digits in 5 hours and 9 minutes. He is also incredibly adept at learning languages. He knows 10 languages and once learned Icelandic in a week. At the same time he has all the emotional difficulties of a person with autism and he frankly talks about them.

Truly fascinating. ( )
  gypsysmom | Feb 26, 2016 |
A really hopeful story. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Feb 11, 2016 |
Interesting foray into the workings of the mind of a savant. The way Daniel sees numbers and math is so foreign to me--he is able to work much more complex problems in his mind than I can even on paper and with the help of calculators. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant with synthesia. He has Asperger's syndrome and he has an incredible ability for math and learning language. In this autobiography Daniel describes how each number he sees as a particular color and shape and when he is doing math in his head these shapes form patterns that show him the answer. Daniel was a loner for most of his childhood and it amazes me that he was able to come through that and now live independently with his partner Neil. Tammet's parents are shown to be very understanding, never trying to force his son to be something he isn't. I found this book to be fascinating. I have a nephew with Aspergers and this gives me hope that he too will be able to live independently when he's an adult. Truly an inspiring and fascinating book. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
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A journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today--guided by its owner. Daniel Tammet sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn new languages from scratch, in a week. He has savant syndrome, a rare condition that gives him almost unimaginable mental powers. But in one crucial way Daniel is not at all like the Rain Man: he is virtually unique among autistic people in that he is capable of living an independent life. He is even able to explain what is happening inside his head. Starting from early childhood, when he was incapable of making friends and prone to tantrums, to young adulthood, when he learned how to control himself and to live independently, fell in love, experienced a religious conversion to Christianity, and most recently, emerged as a celebrity.--From publisher description.… (more)

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