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Embracing the Wide Sky

Posted by nliakos on May 27, 2011

by Daniel Tammet, 2009

In this sequel to Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet shares research findings about the human brain and muses about how his brain and that of other savants might be similar to, or different from, an ordinary brain.  The book was interesting, and I enjoyed reading it, but I liked it less than Born on a Blue Day because it’s less about Tammet and more about brains. I’m very interested in brains, but I already knew some of what is in this book (not all, certainly!), about learning language and why it doesn’t make sense to play the lottery; still, the chapters on math (“The Number Instinct” and “Thinking by Numbers” were new to me and interesting, although I couldn’t always follow the explanations!


Listen to Daniel Tammet talk about this book at

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