Born on a Blue Day


Recently finished reading Born on A Blue Day by Daniel Tammet, an amazing memoir of life with Asperger’s and Savant Syndromes.  I was struck at the amount of visualization and visual cues Daniel describes and uses just to get through his day, perhaps without knowing he is doing it.  He describes days, numbers, and languages in textures and colors, and even rates their respective attraction.

I found this review on the Barnes and Noble website:

Born on a Blue Day is a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today—guided by the owner himself. Daniel Tammet is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head.

He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man.

Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human—our minds.

This is an easy read, and quite intriguing from a visual perspective.  Highly recommend it!

Happy Thursday 🙂


Posted on March 7, 2013, in From My Perspective.... Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Does his description of numbers, etc. in color resemble synesthesia? My nephew experiences/has synesthesia. He described it to us and commented that numbers are really easy for him because of the color. When he first described it, I wondered what link it has to ‘vision’?


    • Robert Nurisio COVT

      I have read a few reviews of his book that have suggested synesthesia. I’m not that familiar with synesthesia, so at best this is a guess, but it would seem vision (or visualization) does play a significant role.


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