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

One of the worlds fifty living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story - and explain how his incredible mind works.

This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Aspergers syndrome. Tammets ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet hes capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. Besides being able to effortlessly multiply and divide huge sums in his head with the speed and accuracy of a computer, Tammet, the subject of the 2005 documentary Brainman, learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,514th digit, breaking the European record. He also experiences synesthesia, an unusual neurological syndrome that enables him to experience numbers and words as shapes, colors, textures and motions. Tammet traces his life from a frustrating, withdrawn childhood and adolescence to his adult achievements, which include teaching in Lithuania, achieving financial independence with an educational Web site and sustaining a long-term romantic relationship. As one of only about 50 people living today with synesthesia and autism, Tammets 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.
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Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher, nor be otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. New York. Home To my parents, for helping me become the person I am today and to Neil, for always being there for me Acknowledgements I would like to thank the following people, without whom this book would never have been possible: My parents, Jennifer and Kevin, for all their love and patience and for all that they have taught me My brothers Lee, Steven and Paul and sisters Claire, Maria, Natasha, Anna- Marie and Shelley, for their love and understanding Rehan Qayoom- my best friend fromrrry schooldays Elfriede Corkhill - my lavourite schoolteacher Ian and Elaine Moore, Ian and Ana Williams and Oily and Ash Jeffery - my closest friends Brute Ziliene - the person I think of when I remember my time in Lithuania Sigridur Kristinsdottir - my Icelandic tutor Suzy Seraphine-Kimel and Julien Chaumon - for all their help with the Optimnemco. But it is a book not just about the mind of Daniel Tammet, but a book about his world as well And both are worthy of exploration Daniel's phenomenal ability with numbers is incredible. Ifyouaskhimto multiply 37 to the power of 4 he will give you almost instantly the total of 1,,

By Murray Bourne , 16 Apr Daniel Tammet sees the number "1" as a very bright white, the number "11" is friendly, and "5" is loud like a clap of thunder. He has synesthesia , a condition that connects his senses together in a way that is as magical as it is rare. According to Tammet, prime numbers those that only have 2 factors, like 2, 3, 5, 7, My favorites "39" is lumpy like custard and "89" reminds Tammet of falling snow. There is much more to Tammet than his ability to see colors and shapes when he looks at numbers.

This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome. Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. Besides being able to effortlessly multiply and divide huge sums in his head with the speed and accuracy of a computer, Tammet, the subject of the documentary Brainman , learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,th digit, breaking the European record. He also experiences synesthesia, an unusual neurological syndrome that enables him to experience numbers and words as "shapes, colors, textures and motions. As one of only about 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. View Full Version of PW.

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Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. One of the world's fifty living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story-and explain how his incredible mind works. Worldwide, there are fewer than fifty living savants, those autistic individuals who can perform miraculous mental calculations or artistic feats think Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man. Until now, none of them has ever been capable of discussing his or her thought processes, much less undertake the writing of a book. Daniel Tammet is the first. From childhood, Tammet's problems were immediately apparent. He was shunned by his classmates and often resorted to rocking and humming quietly.

It is characterized by narrow interests and unconventional preoccupations; by repetitive behaviors; by logical and technical patterns of thought; by behavior and interpersonal interaction that can be socially and emotionally inappropriate; and by clumsy and uncoordinated motor control. Savants are typically developmentally or mentally handicapped in some areas but display extraordinary abilities in others. They are often amazingly gifted in memory, mathematics, art or music. Added to these, Tammet experiences synesthesia, a rare neurological condition which results in the ability to see letters and numbers in colors, shapes, motions or textures. He is truly an extraordinary individual.

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