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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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This isn't a book you read for pleasure, but for understanding. If you don't know someone on the autism spectrum, this may be a hard one to enjoy. ( )
  limamikealpha | Jun 5, 2014 |
I couldn't finish this one. I kept trying to read it because it was a book club book, but I finally gave up when it was due at the library. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
I couldn't finish this one. I kept trying to read it because it was a book club book, but I finally gave up when it was due at the library. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
This seems to be a boring, poorly-written account of a very interesting person's life. I just don't buy many of the claims that are made. ( )
  ScribbleKey | Jan 10, 2014 |
I think it would be easy to rate this book lower than I did but doing so would show a complete lack of contextual thinking. Some may say that the book is written in a simple manner but the fact is Tammet is an autistic savant, the fact that he is able to write this well is impressive. It helps give us an insight into how the world appears to him and how his life has progressed. Many of the things he discusses (visualizing numbers, inability to emotionally connect etc.) are fascinating. This book isn't meant to be a science book or a critical self-examination but rather of a journey of understanding oneself and it succeeds in doing so. ( )
  dtn620 | Sep 22, 2013 |
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To my parents, for helping me become the person I am today and to Neil, for always being there for me.
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I was born on January 31, 1979 - a Wednesday.
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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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