Daniel Tammet has been working with scientists to understand the implications ‘You close BORN ON A BLUE DAY with a sense of profound. Born on a Blue Day. A Memoir of Asperger’s and an Extraordinary Mind. Daniel Tammet First published in Great Britain in by Hodder. Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, a Memoir. Daniel Tammet, Author. Free Press $24 (p) ISBN.

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How did it all begin? As one of only glue 50 people living today with synesthesia and autism, Tammet’s condition is intriguing to researchers; his ability to express himself clearly and with a surprisingly engaging tone given his symptoms makes for an account that will intrigue others as well.

The rest of the book is basically talking about Daniel’s experience filming Brainman which included reciting pi to 22, digits and learnign icelandic in a week.

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I know it blur a Wednesday, becasue the date is blue in my mind and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud voices arguing. End of Watch Stephen King.

He can calculate and memorize large numbers, partly due to tamjet. What better way to learn about autism than by reading a book by a person who has it?

InTammet published Embracing the Wide Sky, a personal survey of current neuroscience. Tammet additionally has synesthesia, which means he “sees” numbers and letters in colors and shapes. But now, I’m positively obsessed with learning every little detail about his life.

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The book is a must-read for any parent of an autistic child. Open Preview See a Problem? His interest and ability with languages encourages one to want to learn other languages and his explanations of language and how it can be learned lead you bonr believe that you can. In Case Histories, Jeremy Hutchinson’s most bpue trials are examined, each one providing a fascinating look into Britain’s post-war social, political and cultural history. I have a student this year who has had one big meltdown and one that could have escalated but I quickly intervened and was able to calm him.


Others have complained that Tammet narrates the events of his life in a flat style.

Although a novel human story, this does not provide much insight into how Tammet’s ddaniel works and why other brains are not like his. His book is one of the finest insights into what it feels like to be a high-functioning autistic.

And two years ago, as Juno Dawson blrn to tell her mother she was and actually, always had been a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it. The most engaging passages are where he discusses how he sees certain letters and words, how he learned Icelandic, how he memorized over 22, numbers of pi for a public recital, the ins and outs of his relationship, and when he meets Kim Peek on whom Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man is based.

View all 5 comments. I agree to an extent it is clear that the book’s heart is in the sections describing numbers, languages and his meeting with fellow savant Kim Peek but I also understand why he chose to include his life history. The process of learning is fascinating and Tammet is one of the few people who actually tries to describe how he thinks and learns.

How do we shape the future? He explains his thought processes as he solves a puzzle. The Boy with the Incredible Brain Video. Tammet’s first novel, Mishenkabule out in France and Quebec in SeptemberHalkidiki, Northern Greece. Perhaps because he is able to see patterns which I do not see. Borb also appeared on bestseller lists in the UK, Canada, and Germany, and has been translated into numerous languages.

He has Savant Syndrome, an extremely rare form of Asperger’s that gives him almost unimaginable mental powers, txmmet like the Rain Man portrayed by Dustin Hoffman. Blrn of us have some vague idea of what it means to be autistic, or diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

Are the fastest and strongest reaching their mathematical limits? Tammet is creating his own language, strongly influenced by the vowel and image-rich languages of northern Europe.


Feb 27, Martti rated it liked it. His fascination with numbers I found fascinating; learning how his mental differences impacted his life as he grew was heart-warming while still tinged with both tragedy and comedy in abundance. The language ability is also hard to understand, in some ways. Nov 23, Lydia LaPutka rated it really liked it.

He does have Asperger’s syndrome, but although Asperger’s is considered to be loosely related to autism or more accurately on the spectrumit is certainly not the same. Instead, this is a human interest story and can be only enjoyed as such. At secondary school he was twice named Student of the Year. But in some ways Daniel is not at all like the Rain Man.

He met software engineer Neil Mitchell in Daniel sees numbers as shapes, colours and textures and can perform extraordinary maths in his head. Retrieved 1 October I fell in love with it and I’m glad I was able to read it.

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Born On a Blue Day

The subsequent chapters begin a more chronological journey through taammet author’s life. Still, how was that bpue possible? His success in Iceland–professional and social–is hard to fathom. Kim articulates one of the central themes of the book: While accepting that Tammet meets the standard definition of a prodigious savantFoer suggests that his abilities may simply reflect intensive training using standard memory techniques, rather than any abnormal psychology or neurology per se.

Grant recounts these trials in limpid prose which clarifies obscurities. But in some ways Daniel is not all like the Rain Man. I also felt short-shifted by the afterthought at the end about Christianity. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again.