Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 9, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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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.

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Review: Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

User Review  - Sueij - Goodreads

An interesting and insightful book. I enjoyed it more as the author moved past his early childhood and into his young adulthood and present, I think because he was more able to describe his own ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vicki Gooding - Goodreads

This young man's autobiography is interesting in a way. He is labeled a high-functioning autistic savant that I suspect is actually an asperger's savant who also has this neurological thing that ... Read full review

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Page vii - First and foremost, we would like to thank the following people, without whom this book would not have been possible: Our families and loved ones. Jason would like to thank his mother, Nancy Santamaría, our most impatient "in-house...
Page 3 - ... six figures in six seconds. 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 the answers for the fourteenth (8,192), for the eighteenth (131,072), and the twenty-fourth (8,388,608) instantaneously, and he gave the figures for the forty-eighth box (140,737,488,355,328) in six seconds. He also gave the total in all the...

About the author (2007)

Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist, and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses." His last book, the New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, has been translated into 18 languages. He lives in Avignon, France.

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