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

Daniel Tammet

One of the world's fifty living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story - and explain how his incredible mind works.This unique first-person account offe...rs a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome. Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. 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 2005 documentary Brainman, learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,514th digit, breaking the European record. He also experiences synesthesia, an unusual neurological syndrome that enables him to experience numbers and words as "shapes, colors, textures and motions." Tammet traces his life from a frustrating, withdrawn childhood and adolescence to his adult achievements, which include teaching in Lithuania, achieving financial independence with an educational Web site and sustaining a long-term romantic relationship. 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.
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Téma autizmu a porúch autistického spektra, medzi ktoré patrí aj Aspergerov syndróm, sa dostáva v posledných rokoch čoraz viac do popredia. Aj mňa táto téma veľmi zaujíma, najmä od kedy som videla film o Temple Grandinovej. Po prečítaní anotácie ku autobiografii Narodený v modrú stredu som vedela, že si ju musím prečítať. Daniel Tammet je Čítaj ďalej The post Narodený v modrú stredu (Daniel[...]

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Čísla sú jeho priatelia a sú mu vždy nablizku. Každé jedno je preňho jedinečné a má vlastnú osobnosť. Kamkoľvek ide, alebo čokoľvek robí, čísla neopúšťajú jeho myseľ. Britský spisovateľ Daniel Tammet v memoárovom románe Narodený v modrú stredu odkrýva čitateľom zákutia svojho nezvyčajného sveta. Životný príbeh tohto autistického savanta s mimoriadnym nadaním na matematiku a jazyky[...]

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One of the world's fifty living autistic savants is the first and only to tell his compelling and inspiring life story - and explain how his incredible mind works.

This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome. Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. 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 2005 documentary Brainman, learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,514th digit, breaking the European record. He also experiences synesthesia, an unusual neurological syndrome that enables him to experience numbers and words as "shapes, colors, textures and motions." Tammet traces his life from a frustrating, withdrawn childhood and adolescence to his adult achievements, which include teaching in Lithuania, achieving financial independence with an educational Web site and sustaining a long-term romantic relationship. 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.