Born on A Blue Day

Born on A Blue Day

Inside the Extraordinary Mind of An Autistic Savant : A Memoir

Book - 2007 | 1st Free Press pbk. ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2007
Edition: 1st Free Press pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781416549017
1416549013
Branch Call Number: B TAMMET
Characteristics: xi, 237 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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dougbrowne Aug 09, 2014

Wrong book described!!!!

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easychair
Aug 19, 2013

Reading this story gave me a great deal of admiration for the parents and teachers of this boy, and how he was able to grow as an independent person with a satisfying and extraordinary life. Very moving.

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lightbytheway
Dec 07, 2010

Memoir of an autistic boy that is a has really proidigious mind!

melissapowl May 01, 2009

I was absolutely fascinated by the book. It is indeed a rare glimpse inside the mind of a prodigious savant. I still cannot wrap my mind around someone learning pi to that many decimal points and describing the way he does it by visualizing landscapes. It is a privilege that Daniel is able to give us this chance to see how his mind works and what challenges it has meant for him and for his family. It was also inspiring to learn that he has found love and a satisfying career.

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tedrich2921
Sep 25, 2007

Daniel has what's called "high functioning" autism. He is able to communicate extremely well and this book gives you a great idea of what it's like to be autistic. He is more of a reporter, without the "normal" emotions of others -- and this is made clear when you read what he writes. His fascination with math was a bit tedious to me (he memorized Pi to 21,000 decimal places!), but he is extremely likable and this book is a quick and fascinating read. You will find yourself experiencing a lot of empathy for someone who finds this to be such a difficult emotion.

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