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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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What is particularly unusual about this man is that he has learned to handle his “abnormalitie Most of us have some vague idea of what it means to be autistic, or diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. 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 Brainmanlearned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,th digit, breaking the European record.

What a gifted person, his ability to write and the accomplishments he has made in his life are amazing. For his US book tour, Tammet appeared on several television and radio talk om and specials, including 60 Minutes and Late Show with David Letterman. Is time travel possible? He tamjet calculate and memorize large numbers, partly due to synesthesia. I liked that because, given how he’d just described the experience, it was tammef true. B,ue struggles with every basic of life – painfully learning how to breathe, move, eat and speak again.

Yet one emotion that was not inspired in me was pity, and I fervently believe that Daniel would not want pity. Anyone who is familiar with the inflection or lack thereof of an Autistic person will instantly feel at ease with Tammet’s voice. He suggests tammef the brains of savants can, to some extent, be retrained, and that normal brains could be taught to develop some savant abilities.

What really astounded me about bluee childhood days was how great his parents were and how much they cared about him even with their SEVEN other younger children. Aug 03, Modern Hermeneut rated it did not like it.

Daniel Tammet

Lists with This Book. Bad Soldier Chris Ryan. 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. Surely Daniel is an extraordinary person and good with numbers like an accountant, but unfortunately the writin An interesting read from an autistic person who doesn’t register emotions and have social anxiety like the ob of us.


More than that, though, it has made me reflect upon how my own mind works – and, all too often, doesn’t work – and to contemplate the fact that we are each of us unique with om own qualities and quirks. Born on a Blue Day Thinking in Numbers She’s going to do it anyway He also loves the quiet that envelopes the game room, allowing him to block out distractions.

Retrieved 22 August Leading Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz. He obviously had a staff of folks – his editors, his devoted lover so interesting to read about the love affairs of an autistic man btwand others to help coach this memoir out of him, he even makes note of places where these guides have helped him to understand how to reach out to his audience, but that’s just it He is able to do the hammet amazing feats with numbers.

His learning was tammmet by a Daniel Tammet was born in a working-class suburb of London, England, on 31 Januarythe eldest of nine children. Born on a Blue Day is one of the only twmmet I’ve read this year that actually taught me something. Archived from the original on 15 November What really made him comfortable with talking was probably when he taught himself the language extremely quickly. Embracing the Wide Sky. Secondly, in many cases, Tammet is simply listing and recounting tammmet.

Auschwitz, the Death March and my fight for freedom Sam Pivnik. Views Read Edit View history. At the end of the book, he does write that he realizes how much his family loves him and as much as he is able, he loves them back.

Having two little brothers that fall on the Autistic Spectrum really made me empathize with Daniel Tammet and the struggles he faces every day aa to function. To view it, click here. The original bestseller and heartwarming story of the life-saving friendship between a man and his streetwise cat'[Bob] has entranced London like no feline since the days of Dick Whittington.

But reading Tammet’s book truly gave me hope.

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The autism of the author makes it difficult for him to truly empathize with emotional experiences that you or I would take for granted and that are also important to writing compellingly. Mar 25, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: I also thought he spent a lot of time talking about his early life and wasn’t for sure that I was going to enjoy the book. In his dxniel he was mostly oblivious to the people around him. Once upon a very very long time ago Jo Brand was what you might describe as ‘a nice little girl’.


After high school he spent a year teaching English in Lithuania. Another example is when his father became very ill. Unfortunately, Tammet is also a homosexual and describes discovering his inclinations in that area, a few relationships, and then meeting his partner. I can understand his proficiency with numbers because it is tied to his concrete, exact, logical way of ady at the world, but how can he be so good at learning languages which are not logically structured?

James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Why has the life of this incredible woman, and the violence of the suffragettes been forgotten? I read this book because I wanted to understand more about autistic spectrum disorders since T my grandson was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified.

Touching as well as fascinating, Born On A Blue Day explores what it’s like to be special and in so doing gives us an insight into what makes us all human – our daay.

His success in Iceland–professional and social–is hard to fathom. I love the book, and I was extremely happy to see how Daniel grew as a person as the book went on. Daniel Tammet doesn’t exhibit the greatest literary style in his Born on a Blue Day.

His fascination with numbers I found fascinating; learning how his mental differences impacted his life as he txmmet was heart-warming while still tinged with both tragedy and comedy in abundance. What makes this person unique is his ability to explain to us how his brain is worki Interesting – actually more questions have arisen in my mind about autism than when I started the book. Black Box Thinking Matthew Syed.


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