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Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math

Daniel Tammet.
Publisher Back Bay  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780316187367
Pages/Publication Date 281/2014
Daedalus Item Code 73586
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The writer, linguist, and educator who wrote Embracing the Wide Sky and Born on a Blue Day, mathematical savant Daniel Tammet here gives us the book he seemingly was meant to write. Tammet explores such unexpectedly numerical questions as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person, and how we can make sense of those we love. Through personal anecdotes, everyday examples, and ruminations on anything from the complexity of snowflakes to Anne Boleyn's 11 fingers, Tammet shares his delight in the way numbers, fractions, and equations underpin all our lives.

"Tammet is a master of gleaning profound insights from seemingly mundane trivia.... This is a delightful book."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Born on a Blue Day introduced us to the extraordinary phenomenon of Daniel Tammet, and Thinking in Numbers enlarges one's wonder at Tammet's mind and his all-embracing vision of the world as grounded in numbers."—Oliver Sacks

"An engrossing blend of autobiography, mathematical theory, and 'what if' speculations, Daniel Tammet's essays allow us to see the world through the lens of numbers. The result is fascinating, even dizzying series of fresh perspectives on things we thought we knew."—Billy Collins

"Autistic savant Daniel Tammet talks numbers, and he does so with evident inspiration and awe. Whether or not readers consider themselves mathematically inclined, they will be enthralled. Tammet enlivens his discussion of numbers with engaging personal components ... that render his book a delightful read for a broader audience. This book will charm just about anyone, but will absolutely captivate sci-tech readers with an interest in mathematics."—Library Journal (starred review)

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