Daniel Tammet (born 31 January 1979) is a British high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a facility for mathematical and natural language learning. In his memoir, Born on a Blue Day, he wrote of how having epilepsy, synaesthesia and Asperger Syndrome all affected his childhood.
Born on a Blue Day (2006)
- My algebra was relatively poor. I found it very difficult to use equations that substituted numbers — to which I had a synesthetic and emotional response — for letters, to which I had none. It was because of this that I decided not to continue math at Advanced level, but chose to study history, French and German instead.
- Chapter 6: Adolescence.
- I had eventually come to understand that friendship was a delicate, gradual process that mustn't be rushed or seized upon but allowed and encouraged to take its course over time. I pictured it as a butterfly, simultaneously beautiful and fragile, that once afloat belonged to the air and any attempt to grab at it would only destroy it.
- Chapter 8: Falling in Love.
Bookreview by Jim Withers, Canwest News Service, June 8 2009
- My relationship with scientists has changed. Now, they consider me more of a peer than a guinea pig, and I'm part of the scientific discussion.
- When someone asks me, "Do you speak Breton or Inuktitut?" I say, "Not yet."