Daniel's internationally bestselling memoir of living with Asperger's Syndrome and Savant Syndrome, Born on a Blue Day established him as one of the most original talents in contemporary non-fiction. Now, in his new book, EMBRACING THE WIDE SKY, he combines meticulous scientific research with detailed descriptions of how his mind works to demonstrate the immense potential within us all. He explains how our natural intuitions can help us to learn a foreign language, why his memories are like symphonies, and what numbers and giraffes have in common. We also discover why there is more to intelligence than IQ, how our brains turn light to sight, and why too much information can make you stupid. He illustrates his arguments with examples as diverse as the private languages of twins, the compositions of poets with autism, and the breakthroughs, and breakdowns, of some of history's greatest minds.
First published 2009.
'Entertaining and informative about an impressive range of subjects ... EMBRACING THE WIDE SKY is fun and inspirational' -- FT Weekend 'Packed with his clear summaries of fascinating experiments ... Recent debate has bumped up this book from delightful to vital' -- Daily Telegraph 'packed with his clear summaries of fascinating experiments... Recent debate has bumped up this book from delightful to vital' -- Telegraph 'In his second book he takes readers on a fascinating and wide-ranging tour of our mind's capabilities, looking at the scientific studies and how his own remarkable abilities work. He even includes handy tips so the rest of us can improve our brains. In a word: Mind-expanding.' -- Herald Sun 'A fascinating insight into how the human brain works, written by the most remarkable mind on the planet... Clear and entertaining explanations of how we think, remember and learn are followed by practical examples that we can apply in the real world... A very interesting and informative read.' **** -- MX Sydney and Melbourne
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". His website company, Optimnem, has provided foreign language instruction to thousands around the globe. His last book, the Sunday Times bestseller Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, has been translated into 18 languages. He lives in Avignon, in the south of France.