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Embracing the Wide Sky
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A brilliant portrait of the human mind and the extraordinary potential within every one of us, by real-life Rain-Man and bestselling author of Born On A Blue Day.

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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.

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In 2004, autistic savant Tammet reeled off 22,514 digits of pi from memory, setting a European record. How did he achieve such a feat? Is an autistic mind different from others? Yes and no, Tammet answers in this follow-up to his bestselling memoir, Born on a Blue Day. His own brain may be wired a little differently, but we are all capable of remarkable mental feats, he asserts. Tammet seamlessly blends science and personal experience in a powerful paean to the mysteries and beauty of the brain. Intelligence is a complex phenomenon that synthesizes various skills and abilities. Tammet illustrates this with his own abilities in memory, language and number sense. For example, he points out that his extraordinary memory for numbers is augmented by "the unusual way in which my mind perceives numbers as complex, multi-dimensional, coloured and textured" that allowed him "to compose something like a visual song." Tammet concludes that all humans have something unique to contribute to the world, and he himself has a gift for rendering science accessible and even delightful. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Displaying that he is not just one-dimensional with his genius, Tammet's book is a fine example of his goal to share his brilliant knowledge with the world to inspire and encourage...a thoughtful and highly informative read. * The China Post * Tammet puts his exceptional abilities to work in his book Embracing the Wide Sky... Tammet's lucid writing makes his book both informative and entertaining. * Courier Mail * Packed with fascinating new brain research . . . an ambitious book, written by a remarkable man * BBC Focus magazine * truly fascinating * Guardian * Far from a one-dimensional prodigy, his is a rich multi-textured intelligence. A beautiful mind. * Scotsman Magazine * Packed with his clear summaries of fascinating experiments . . . Recent debate has bumped up this book from delightful to vital * Daily Telegraph * Entertaining and informative about an impressive range of subjects . . . EMBRACING THE WIDE SKY is fun and inspirational * FT Weekend *

Autistic savant Tammet's follow-up to his 2007 New York Times best-selling memoir, Born on a Blue Day, delves into the vast array of human understanding and how our brains work. Drawing on personal experience as well as on scientific research, he creates the equivalent of a good college lecture series, with the narrative generating interest as it develops. This smooth audio abridgment benefits from British actor Daniel Gerroll's narration, which renders the prosaic material intriguing. Recommended for public libraries with large audiobook collections. [Audio clip available through audio.simonandschuster.com; an alternate recording, with John Keating reading, is available from Recorded Books.-Ed.]-Lisa Powell Williams, Moline P.L., IL Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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