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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I love the book, and I was extremely happy to see how Daniel grew as a person as the book went on.

Kim articulates one of the central themes of the book: True, he has been incredibly successful in spite of his autism-related limitations he runs a successful online language learning business, and is considered one of the most socially functional autistic cases ever studied–as a result, he’s a scientist’s wet dream to studying the brain, savantism, and autism.

Ok, I’m not sure what to do about the star system, but I loved this book daj much that it’s a five for me. If he gets stressed or unhappy he closes his eyes and counts. Now a major motion picture starring Luke Treadaway. 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 bprn, learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,th digit, breaking the European record.

I don’t downplay the autism aspect though, for anyone who wants to understand better what it’s like to be in the shoes of someone who toils with the challenge of autism, either as an individual or a caretaker, this danel really helps break it down very personally and clearly. I understand that the main point behind the book is that those experiences likely considered trivial by non autistic persons, are anything but ordinary for someone with Aspergers.


But Tammet credits the synesthesia with enabling his ability to do remarkable arithmetic calculations. He is nothing more than a freakshow, who has benefited from a diseased strain of Western liberalism that embraces “differentness” even at the expense of normative values like empathy, humility, and humor.

Born On a Blue Day

It is way beyond my capacity to understand some of the mathematical processes he goes through to solve problems.

My favorite parts bkue this book are those where he describes how his mind danie. After Lithuania Daniel went home and eventually met Neil online. Jan 30, Kate rated it it was ok. 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.

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An interesting read from an autistic person who doesn’t register emotions and have social anxiety like the rest of us. Are the fastest and strongest reaching their mathematical limits? He speaks near the end of the book of wanting to work closely with neuroscientists to figure danieel how his mind works, and to help answer larger questions about synesthesia, savantism, learning, and the extent to which abilities like his may be latent in most people’s brains.

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

It is also a sometimes lonely place. Then, suddenly one day he moved on to a new interest. Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Dec 30, Kendra rated it it was amazing Dabiel Is time travel possible? In earlyhe attempted and completed the record-breaking task of memorizing and reci The process of learning is fascinating and Tammet is one of the few people who actually tries to describe how he thinks and learns.


His mother had worked as a secretarial assistant; his father was employed at a sheet metal factory. 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 “normal” person would appreciate: Because he sees numbers as having shapes and colors, he viewed the sequence as a beautiful landscape consisting of patterns, colors, and textures.


This is a book for all those times. May 30, Cheryl Gatling added it. danirl

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Tammet has participated in a lot of research projects to help us understand more about how people with autism think and process. To see what your friends thought ble this book, please sign up. When he gets upset he sticks his fingers in his ears, counts things, or walks in a circle.

Tammet takes us into his world in this beautiful bllue fascinating memoir for lack of a better descriptor written in his mid-twenties.

Upon his release, and still only 16, Stephen is recruited by the French Resistance. It seemed too well written for someone with the symptoms he describes. I found it interesting how he described the inner workings of xaniel visual mind, learned the 22 numbers of pi and how he has worked hard to overcome his drawbacks.

I think I was expecting something different when I picked up this book and even after I had seen part of the movie that was made about Daniel Tammet’s life.