Born on a blue day : inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant : a memoir
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|aBorn on a blue day :|binside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant : a memoir /|cDaniel Tammet.
|aInside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant :|ba memoir
|a1st Free Press pbk. ed.
|aNew York :|bFree Press,|c2007.
|axi, 237 p. :|bill. ;|c21 cm.
|aOriginally published: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2006.
|aTraces the story of an autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents, describing how he was eschewed by his classmates in spite of his near-photographic memory and super-human capacity for mathematics and language.
A journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today--guided by the owner himself. Bestselling author Daniel Tammet (Thinking in Numbers) is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head. He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man. Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it's like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human--our minds.