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Born on A Blue Day

Inside the Extraordinary Mind of An Autistic Savant : A Memoir

Tammet, Daniel

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Born on A Blue Day
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Born on a Blue Day is a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today -- guided by its owner himself. Daniel Tammet 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 almost unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the filmRain Man. Daniel has a compulsive need for order and routine -- he eats the same precise amount of cereal for breakfast every morning and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he's wearing. When he gets stressed or is unhappy, he closes his eyes and counts. But in one crucial way Daniel is not at all like the Rain Man: he is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life. He has emerged from the "other side" of autism with the ability to function successfully -- he is even able to explain what is happening inside his head. Born on a Blue Day is a triumphant and uplifting story, starting from early childhood, when Daniel 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. The world's leading neuroscientists have been studying Daniel's ability to solve complicated math problems in one fell swoop by seeing shapes rather than making step-by-step calculations. Here he explains how he does it, and how he is able to learn new languages so quickly, simply by absorbing their patterns. 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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2007
Edition: 1st Free Press ed
ISBN: 1416535071
9781416535072
Branch Call Number: B-Ta152b 2007
Characteristics: ix, 226 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm

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An autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents describes how he was shunned by his classmates in spite of his super-human capacity for math and language and offers insight into how he experiences the world.

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Wrong book described!!!!

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.

Dec 07, 2010
  • lightbytheway rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 12, 2010
  • melissapowl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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