Born on a Blue Day

// August 16th, 2006 // Information, me, Trips

While I was on my “trip” I stopped at a bookstore to get something to read. My eye fell on this book right away. I liked the way it looked and the title also attracted me. I read the back of the book and a few pages, then I went to the starbucks inside the shop to get a cup of coffee while choosing which book to get. When I started to read this book I couldn’t let go, because of how this genious named Daniel Tammet describes his abilities, his childhood, and above all the way he thinks.

This is what he said when describing the day he was born: “I was born on 31 January 1979 – a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday, because it was blue in my mind and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud people arguing”

Daniel sees numbers as shapes, colours and textures and can perform extraordinary maths in his head. He can also learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in a week. He has Savant Syndrome, an extremely rare form of Asperger’s that gives him almost unimaginable mental powers, much like the Rain Man portrayed by Dustin Hoffman.

Daniel 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 independent life. It is his incredible self-awareness and ability to communicate what it feels like to live in a unique way that makes his story so powerful.

Touching as well as fascinating, Born On A Blue Day, explores what it’s like to be special and in so doing gives us an insight into what makes us all human – our minds.

via The official website of Daniel Tammet

In March 2004, Daniel set a European record when he recited the famous mathematical constant Pi from memory to 22,514 decimal places in a time of 5 hours. He has been extensively studied by scientists at California’s Center for Brain Studies and at the Cambridge Autism Research Centre UK and has been described as autism’s ‘Rosetta Stone’.

It’s a great book, and I really enjoyed reading it. I definitely recommend it…

Click here to see a video of him calculating huge numbers in seconds…
Click here to see a video of him when he went to salt lake city to meet Kim Peek (the real Rain Man)…

Who knows maybe one day Daniel will be as smart as Kim…

One Response to “Born on a Blue Day”

  1. Awad says:

    Very interesting phenomenon…!!!!

    If such talented man utilizes his extraordinary abilities to change the world, he may succeed, with hardwork and persistance..!! Success is more of hardworking rather than inborn intelligence..

    Born on a blue day is a must read.. I like reading psychology books.. Thrilling@@