Born on a Blue Day is a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today--guided by its owner himself. Daniel Tammet sees numbers as shapes, colors, & textures, & he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Born on a Blue Day is a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today--guided by its owner himself. Daniel Tammet sees numbers as shapes, colors, & textures, & 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 & recited more that 22,00 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him almost unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man.
Daniel has a compulsive need for order and routine--he eats the same precise amount of cereal for breakfast every morning & cannot leave the house without counting the numbers of items of clothing he's wearing. When he gets stressed or is unhappy, he closes his eyes and counts. But in 1 crucial way Daniel is not al all like the Rain Man: he is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life. He has emerged from the "other side" of autism with the ability to function successfully-- he is even able to explain what is happening inside his head.
Born on a Blue Day is a triumphant and uplifting story, starting from early childhood, when Daniel was incapable of making friends & prone to tantrums, to young adulthood, when he learned how to control himself and to live independently, fell in love, experienced a religious conversion to Christianity, and most recently, emerged as a celebrity. The world's leading neuroscientists have been studying Daniel's ability to solve complicated math problems in one fell swoop by seeing shapes rather than making step-by-step calculations. Here he explains how he does it, and how he is able to learn new languages so quickly, simply by absorbing their patterns. Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it is like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human--our minds.
“I was born on 31 January 1979 – a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday, because the date is blue in my mind and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud voices arguing.”Daniel Tammet
“I know to treat each person I meet with kindness and respect, because I believe that each person is unique and created in God’s image.”Daniel Tammet
“I just did not seem to fit in anywhere, as though I had been born into the wrong world. The sense of never feeling quite comfortable or secure, of always being somehow apart and separate, weighed heavily on me.”Daniel Tammet
“Even so, I believe what is truly essential to the success of any relationship is not so much compatibility, but love. When you love someone, virtually anything is possible.”Daniel Tammet
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