Author of the global bestseller “Born On A Blue Day,” mathematical savant Daniel Tammet is the perfect guide for this engaging, eclectic, deeply personal exploration of all things numerical, and what they can teach us about our lives and minds.
In this collection of essays, Tammet discusses a fascinating range of topics – from fingers and fractions, to snowflakes and the streets of New York, with synaesthetic colour, wit, and reflection. His tone is intimate, never professorial, confiding insights and experiences to readers without jargon or condescension.
Admirers of Blue Day will be delighted by the poetic sensibility and careful precision with which Tammet returns to his internal world of numbers: the multi-dimensional, coloured and textured landscapes of his mind. But they will discover new facets too in his meditations on identity, the flow of time, beautiful sentences in “The Great Gatsby,” and the confounding nature of his mother-son relationship.
Tammet makes maths ever accessible, enjoyable, and relevant, by linking it to the essential questions and experiences of our shared humanity: Why do the years seem to quicken as we get older? Are we alone in the universe? Is there such a thing as an “average” person?
Other essays showcase Tammet’s gentle wit, such as when he wonders whether Anne Boleyn counted in elevens (assuming the legend of her having six fingers on one hand were true), and his ability to reminisce movingly on the moments – like his first sighting of falling snow in early childhood – that would go on to inspire his famous passion and extraordinary gift with numbers.
Combining a vast and free-ranging curiosity with a native and much-celebrated mathematical creativity, Tammet’s essays speak directly and evocatively to our imagination, endowing fact with all of the poetry and possibility of fiction.
Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses". He is the creator of 'Optimnem', a website company that has provided language learning instruction to thousands around the globe. His 2006 memoir 'Born On A Blue Day' describing his life with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome was a Sunday Times (UK) and New York Times bestseller. It has sold over half a million copies worldwide, and been translated into 18 languages.Tammet is the subject of the 2005 award-winning documentary film 'Brainman' which has ...
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