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


One of the worlds only 50 living autistic savants is the first to tell his compelling and inspiring life story, and explain how his incredible mind ... Show synopsis

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  • Autism May 4, 2010
    by bevt

    This is a very interesting book for those interested in human behaviour. The author gives the reader a view of his mind - how he thinks and behaves, and why he reacts to circumstances and events in the way he does.

    In certain instances he is a bit detailed (e.g. a card game that he devised), but this is how he thinks.

    A very interesting read, which I highly recommend.

  • Rainbow Brilliance Apr 26, 2007
    by ReadtheBestBooksFirst

    is piqued among thinkers, readers, and academicians about
    savants---what goes on in their heads, and how do they arrive at ideas
    and solutions which evade the rest of us? Born on a Blue Day gives
    great insight into these mysteries from the personal point of view of
    Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant living in England. He is uniquely
    able to describe what he "sees" as he thinks about numbers and mentally
    completes mathematical calculations. His life story is engagingly told
    with occasional glimpses into the difficulties he encounters in social
    situations. It was especially revealing to follow Daniel's fascination
    with pi that led to his memorization and recitation of its digits to
    22,514 places, setting the European record. In the book he includes
    illustrations of the groupings of color he sees in his head which help him
    recall the order of the digits of pi. The very human side of Daniel is
    refreshing as he describes his best friend, intellectual challenges,
    and how he is making a living via the internet. This book will make you
    feel better about our world and the people in it.

  • ***** Apr 11, 2007
    by gofish

    I found the book interesting as it spoke to anthropological origns of thought in the feeling and textures, synesthesias, created by sensory data as this man tries to integrate and relate to the world at large. There is a gestalt found in between the categories of his external ordering and categorization that reveals how he know s and feels.

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