Daniel sees numbers as shapes, colours and textures and can perform Touching as well as fascinating, Born On A Blue Day explores what it’s like to be . Born on a Blue Day. A Memoir of Asperger’s and an Extraordinary Mind. Daniel Tammet First published in Great Britain in by Hodder. Daniel Tammet is the author of “Born on a Blue Day,” about his life with high- functioning autistic savant syndrome. He runs the language-learning site Optimnem.

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

Interesting – actually more questions have arisen in my mind about autism than when I started the book. If you think I’m going too far, I invite you to read page 82 on which the author recounts how he hit a little girl one of the precious few people in the book whose name he fails to remember with no good reason and without a hint of remorse.

Then I can relax and interact with whatever situation I’m in. Maybe more amazing stories and exercises demonstrating his ability to work out math problems or logic puzzles quicker than a person who is not a savant.

I would love to say that it is a brilliant memoir, but to be honest, there were few points where it lived up to the dust jacket’s “triumphant and uplifting” description. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I was going to. He simply decided to get out of the house and applied to be sent to Lithuania to help people there learn English. When he gets upset he sticks his fingers in his ears, counts things, or walks in a circle.

Like the twins, I have always been fascinated by prime numbers. He speaks of obsessive phases. At some point he decided he wanted to be close to other people, and somehow he learned how.


Ady am extremely pleased to hear of people who are not only successful autistics but also support the community and raise awareness.

That should have been either a full chapter or maybe another book. Outgoing defense secretary urges employees to stay focused. By doing this, numbers actually help me get closer to understanding other people.

Darold Treffert, a Wisconsin physician and the leading researcher in the study of savant syndrome, gives one example, of a blind man with “a faculty of calculating to a degree little short of marvelous” in his book Extraordinary People:.


Born on a Blue Day is one of the only books I’ve read this year that actually taught me something. 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 dxniel I also understand why he chose to include his life history.

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

This is a must read book and one bodn has stayed with me. The cover is a bit misleading with the tagline, “inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant”. I have since loaned it many times to friends. How does the autism impinge on the relationship, danie, the practical things such as his inability to drive and his occasional outbursts when he is overwhelmed?

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Perhaps the fact that Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant Asperger syndrome should have prepared me for this monotonous description of his life, which lacks anything a daiel person would appreciate: As the sums and their results grow, so the mental shapes and colors I experience become increasingly more complex. The word “ema”, for instance, translates as “mother”, and “ela” is what a mother creates: The memoir follows Daniel’s progress from birth to adulthood and the author is very matter-of-fact and analytical when helping people without autism understand his past emotions and behavior.


For a kid lbue couldn’t take a bus in his home town without getting lost, to travel abroad by himself showed great courage and helped to bring him out of his isolation. His learning was enriched by a Daniel Tammet was born in a working-class suburb of London, England, on 31 Januarythe eldest of nine children. What you need to know to start your day.

If this had been edited, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to see how his mind works. Q that makes for a truly engrossing book. I got the impression that he was loving, kind, deeply humble, and authentically curious about other people and willing to let them into his life.

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

The parts I struggled with were when Tammet went too deep into detail about his thought process. Kim Jong Un expected to ring in with big policy speech.

Emerging from the Bonds of AutismEmergence: Like Beethoven, deafly but deftly composing the most beautiful music, the efforts of the author to write a memoir boogle the mind. Most of us have some vague idea of what it means to be autistic, or diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. This is quite a combination. Aug 03, Modern Hermeneut rated it did not like it. Pn Tammet first became known to the world for such feats as setting the world record for memorizing the most digits of PI 22, and learning to speak Icelandic in a week.

To Tammet, numbers have shapes, emotions have colors, and math is as easy as blinking. Dec 01, Ms.