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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.


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.

Reputedly in possession of the most remarkable mind on the planet , author Tammet is a real-life Rain Man and in this fascinating volume shares the techniques intrinsic to his memory, learning and imagination. A book about achieving potential, Tammet is a rare intellect and he continues to dazzle both the boffins and the rest of us. - Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin 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 - Syd, Melb, Bris 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 succeeds in moulding a mass of technical detail about the brain to meet the understanding of the average reader - THE WEEK The book is full of information such as this, packed with his [Tammet s] clear summaries of fascinating experiments. - Sunday Telegraph"the most remarkable mind on the planet". - WISH magazine'...displays warmth and compassion towards those people who are either endeavouring to expand their intellectual potential. - The Age'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

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; 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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