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Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir (Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant)

Posted by nliakos on March 19, 2008

by Daniel Tammet (2006; Landmark Audiobooks 2007, narrated by Simon Vance)

This book is one of the most interesting books I’ve read recently.  Daniel Tammet is a young British man with autism and savant syndrome; he is extraordinarily gifted in the areas of mathematics and languages.  Unlike many (or most?) people with savant syndrome, he is verbally articulate and is able to describe, for example, how he “sees” numbers as mental landscapes having shape, color, and size; how he goes about learning (or creating) a new language (he learned enough Icelandic in a week to go on national television and be interviewed in the language!); and his experiences as a volunteer English teacher in Lithuania–his first time living away from home!  What a gutsy guy.  He’s a real inspiration.

Here is one of several videos on YouTube about Daniel Tammet:

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3 Responses to “Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir (Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant)”

  1. vukini said

    I just read is latest book, Embracing the Wide Sky… here’s a link to my post about it: http://vikid.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/3-books-and-multiple-ideas/#comments

    Amazing guy!

  2. […] Grandin’s Thinking in Pictures and Emergence: Labeled Autistic and Daniel Tammet’s Born on a Blue Day (more here), John Elder Robison has written a fascinating account of his life. Robison’s […]

  3. […] am fascinated by his descriptions of life with autism, much as I was by Temple Grandin‘s and Daniel Tammet‘s. It’s like reading about how life is lived in an alien culture; if you’ve read […]

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