Authors Citing this Book: Tammet (Daniel)
Amazon Book Description
- '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.'
- Like the character Hoffman portrayed, he can perform extraordinary maths in his head, sees numbers as shapes, colours, textures and motions, and can learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in three days. He also has a compulsive need for order and routine. He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he's wearing. If he gets stressed or unhappy he closes his eyes and counts.
- But in some ways Daniel is not at all like the Rain Man. He is virtually unique amongst people who have severe autistic disorders in being capable of living a fully-functioning, independent life. It is this incredible self-awareness and ability to communicate what it feels like to live in a totally extraordinary way that makes BORN ON A BLUE DAY so powerful.
- Blue Nines and Red Words – 1
- Early Years – 17
- Struck by Lightning: Epilepsy – 37
- Schooldays – 59
- Odd One Out – 93
- Adolescence – 115
- Ticket to Kaunas – 143
- Falling in Love – 177
- The Gift of Tongues – 203
- A Very Large Slice of Pi – 219
- Meeting Kim Peek – 235
- Reykjavik, New York, Home – 257
- How rare is it to have synaesthesia? It occurs in less than 1% of the population. And how rare is it to have an autism spectrum condition? Again, less than 1% of the population has such a condition. In Daniel Tammet, these two states co- occur and if we assume they are independent, the probability of someone having both synaesthesia and autism is vanishingly small - about 1 in 10,0002.
- In this, his first book, Daniel tells ‘with engaging detail’ the story of his life, from his childhood when he always felt he was an outsider, to his adulthood, when among many other extraordinary achievements, he sets a British and European record for reciting the mathematical constant Pi from memory, to 22,514 decimal places. His other gifts include acquiring foreign languages with ease, and even having constructed his own language.
- Are his talents the result of his two rare syndromes coming together in one person? His synaesthesia gives him a richly textured, multi-sensory form of memory, and his autism gives him the narrow focus on number and syntactic patterns.
- The resulting book is a story of a life that is both remarkable and inspiring.
→ Simon Baron-Cohen, Director, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University
In-Page Footnotes ("Tammet (Daniel) - Born On a Blue Day")
- This is the second Forward.
- The first is by Dr. Darold A. Treffert, the scientific advisor on Rainman.
- This is a rather feeble observation.
- “1 in 10,000” isn’t really “vanishingly small” (it’s not much different from my IQ, not that Tammet has any truck with such things). See the ISPE Telicom extract noted in Daniel Tammet.
- Baron-Cohen ought to know if these “conditions” are independent, but if not the combination would be even less exceptional.
- So, Tammet isn’t that exceptional on account of his synaesthesia and autism, but on account of savant syndrome: this is presumably related to the other conditions, but is much rarer.
Hodder Paperbacks (22 Feb. 2007). Paperback.
Text Colour Conventions (see disclaimer)
- Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2019
- Mauve: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); © the author(s)