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  • Title: Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math
  • Author: Daniel Tammet
  • ISBN: 9780316187374
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover

  • A stunning rumination on math and numbers from the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day.Thinking In Numbers is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write In Tammet s world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds Using anecdotes, everyday examples, and ruminations on history, literature, anA stunning rumination on math and numbers from the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day.Thinking In Numbers is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write In Tammet s world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds Using anecdotes, everyday examples, and ruminations on history, literature, and , Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions, and equations underpin all our lives Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn s eleven fingers, or his many siblings, Tammet explores questions such 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 Thinking In Numbers will change the way you think about math and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.
    Daniel Tammet
    Daniel Tammet was born in a working class suburb of London, England, on 31 January 1979, the eldest of nine children His mother had worked as a secretarial assistant his father was employed at a sheet metal factory Both became full time parents.Despite early childhood epileptic seizures and atypical behaviour, Tammet received a standard education at local schools His learning was enriched by an early passion for reading He won the town s Eager Reader prize at the age of eleven At secondary school he was twice named Student of the Year He matriculated in 1995 and completed his Advanced level studies in French, German, and History two years later.In 1998 Tammet took up a volunteer English teaching post in Kaunas, Lithuania, returning to London the following year In 2002 he launched the online language learning company Optimnem It was named a member of the UK s National Grid for Learning in 2006.In 2004, Tammet was finally able to put a name to his difference when he was diagnosed with high functioning autistic savant syndrome by Professor Simon Baron Cohen at Cambridge University s Autism Research Centre.The same year, on March 14, Tammet came to public attention when he recited the mathematical constant Pi 3.141 from memory to 22,514 decimal places in 5 hours, 9 minutes, without error The recitation, at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, set a European record.Tammet began writing in 2005 His first book, Born On A Blue Day, subtitled A Memoir of Asperger s and an Extraordinary Mind , was first published in the UK in 2006 and became a Sunday Times bestseller The US edition, published in 2007, spent 8 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list In 2008, the American Library Association named it a Best Book for Young Adults It was also a Booklist Editors Choice It has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, and been translated into than 20 languages.In 2009, Tammet published Embracing the Wide Sky, a personal survey of current neuroscience The French edition co translated by Tammet himself became one of the country s best selling non fiction books of the year It also appeared on bestseller lists in the UK, Canada, and Germany, and has been translated into numerous languages.Thinking in Numbers, Tammet s first collection of essays, is published in August 2012.In 2008 Tammet emigrated to France He lives in Paris.


    Ben Babcock
    I can’t resist picking up mathy books when I’m in a bookstore. As a mathematician, I love broadening my knowledge about the field—and seeing what passes for “popular mathematics” these days. Thinking in Numbers is a slim volume that promises to “change the way you think about maths and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes”. It didn’t do that for me—but maybe that’s because I already think about maths that way. Daniel Tammet is an exceptionally talented voice [...]

    Speechless. So here are some quotes.Epigraph: "Like all great rationalists you believed in things that were twice as incredible as theology." ~Halldor Laxness"the play between numerical concepts saturates the way we experience the world." (xvii)"Like works of literature, mathematical ideas help expand our circle of empathy, liberating us from the tyranny of a single, parochial point of view. Numbers, properly considered, make us better people." (10)"The Brothers Grimm introduced me to the myster [...]

    Jessica McCann
    When it comes to math and numbers, generally speaking, I am not a fan. I'm a word girl. And yet, in THINKING IN NUMBERS, Daniel Tammet has found a way to help me appreciate the complexity, the magic and, yes, even the beauty he sees in numbers. Early on in this book of essays, Tammet put math into terms I could understand."Like works of literature," he wrote on page 10, "mathematical ideas help expand our circle of empathy, liberating us from the tyranny of a single, parochial point of view. Num [...]

    In turns fascinating and exasperating, as I imagine it might be to talk with someone, whom, like the author, is a savant in a particular area of knowledge, but not others. The author's abilities with numbers and linguistics are notable, and that comes through in page after page of these short essays on, as the subtitle indicates, life, love, meaning and math. At the same time, he shows a remarkable lack of grasp of areas outside of those, and his conclusions and musings often seem contrary to wh [...]

    James Swenson
    Interesting and poetic. Caveat: much of this book is about numbers, but very little of it is about math. Its main value is the insight it offers into the author's differently-functioning brain.I'm unable to quit without mentioning that the author fell into a couple of mathematical errors. The first of these occurs as Tammet disparages the techniques of high-school algebra:x^2 = 2x + 15. I word it out like this: a square number equals fifteen more than a multiple of two. In other words, we are lo [...]

    Sue Smith
    Finally finished! Not that this was a bad book - no, it was genuinely interesting with spots of true insight and genius and lots of chin rubbing, hmmmmm moments. No, it was a worthy read.But it was the best soporific book I've ever had the pleasure to read. My reading habits have been - uhh 'curtailed' - in the last year due to extenuating circumstances. So my reading times have been relegated to evening, just before bed, which isn't usually an issue. But just you try it while you read a book th [...]

    This is a philosophy book, a psychology book, an autobiography and a history book. But ultimately it's not a maths book, despite what the cover claims.Sure, it dabbles in numbers and multiplication somewhat, but nothing beyond basic primary school level. I'm all for encouraging learning in areas where people aren't experienced, but at no point does it say that it's a book for beginner mathematicians, so why would people outside of keen mathematicians pick it up?For example, it spends a whole cha [...]

    Very interesting essays that spin off from Tammet's wisp of seeing a mathematical aspect of something in daily life: how we experience time, the formula behind a sestina, how the recent import of the zero during his days at school might have influenced references to nothingness in Shakespeare's plays. He studies the references to the calculus of history in Tolstoy, and reflects on Nabokov the chess player. The essays are mostly about 5 pages, and with so many the quality varies of course. But mo [...]

    I received this book from the GoodReads First reads giveaway program. Thank you author/publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.Thinking in Numbers by Daniel Tammet is a book of twenty-five short essays relating to math and our lives. I personally liked several of the essays but there were some that I just couldn't relate to. I did find myself doing some of the math calculations as I was reading. In the essay Proverbs and Times Tables, I do remember learning some of the number [...]

    A brilliant exploration of the way Tammet's mind works, but also of the way that numbers influence our lives. I think of myself as a "word" person, not a "number" person, but this beautifully written series of essays about numbers made me love them.

    7/10 - je retiendrais ''Les équations d'Einstein'' et ''La cataracte du temps''.Dans le genre, lecture et math, j'ai préféré et le Théorème du Perroquet et La Théorie des Cordes

    The book listens like a long poem and explains how our understanding of the world comes about through our imagination and understanding the maths that make up our world and is the key to understanding our place in the universe. As in any good poem it's probably best listened to by the author who wrote it. It did take me all of three minutes to realize that the author was a very good narrator and his speech patterns did take those three minutes for me to get used to. After that, I realize he was [...]

    Ce livre m'a paru bien souvent un peu creux: certes, l'auteur a le sens du rythme, mais quand on essaye de voir derrière les (trop?) nombreux effets de manches, il y a finalement peu d'infos, toutes assez éparses, et qui ne font que moyennement palpiter mon coeur de mathématicienne. Et ces infos sont souvent noyées au milieu de nombreuses anecdotes que je n'ai pas toujours trouvées très intéressantes, sans éviter l'écueil des calculs qui perdent, un comble pour un livre de vulgarisation [...]

    Brian Clegg
    This collection of 25 essays by Daniel Tammet, probably best known for his feat of memorising vast quantities of digits of pi, is an enjoyable light way of getting an introduction to some of the reasons that maths is more than just a mechanism for doing science or adding up your shopping bills.Some essay collections don’t work so well in book form, but these make excellent bite-sized nuggets, with Tammet ranging far and wide over a landscape that successfully pulls in poets, authors and playwr [...]

    Diane S ☔
    I was always abysmal at math in school, not the ordinary stuff like addition, subtraction and multiplication, but fractions, geometry, and algebra sent me running for help. I could never understand why some people found it so fascinating and spent their lives trying to solve complicated equations, so not for me. So when this book promised to show the reader how math could be interesting, how it applied to everyday life, I though why not?In these essays, Tammett show how math can be used for ever [...]

    I am a fan of Daniel Tammet and loved his first book "Born on a Blue Day", 7 years ago. He is one of a handful of living geniuses and is quite, quite human and able to communicate and have a loving social life. I am awed by his ability to discuss and reframe complicated concepts using math as well as his linguistic ability. Learning and understanding multiple languages and his ability to convey his thoughts clearly, incisively and beautifully in English, his native tongue.For example, in the "Ca [...]

    Evan Snyder
    While I liked the concepts of the book as a whole and thought he chose some interesting topics to write about, the actual writing on said topics did got quite do it for me. Tammet's storytelling ability was lacking, with the monologue wandering aimlessly and filled with excessive efforts to sound poetic. He also had an uncanny ability to not do the math when I wanted to see some number crunching and write out arithmetic where I didn't have any interest.Despite my frustration with most of the ess [...]

    Lauren Hopkins
    Daniel Tammet is a British-born autistic savant known for his incredible contributions to both literature and mathematics. He sees life through numbers, thus the title of this book, which is made up of a series of essays where he draws from both personal experiences and things in the world that fascinate him. Whether discussing his mother, Tolstoy, the fate of the universe, or magic tricks, Tammet sees the numbers and patterns in everything and yet somehow doesn't lose himself in logic. He is a [...]

    Collection of disparate essays by the savant mathematician Daniel Tammet where he talks of the interest in numbers shown by various famous personalities. The author, famous for his recitation of over 20,000 digits of Pi nonstop over five hours, is clearly qualified to talk on numbers. The examples given are fairly trivial and known and some of the essays ramble without a beginning or an end. An ok read.

    Carlos Catedral
    Para entender de qué habla "La poesía de los números" debemos guiarnos precisamente por su título. Pocas veces el título de un libro es tan sugerente sobre lo que contiene sus páginas. Esto es importante conforme avancemos entre sus capítulos porque en un momento u otro puede acusarnos la pregunta ¿qué estoy leyendo? Esto es así pues los temas de los títulos no guardan correlación de ninguna forma y en ocasiones los saltos abruptos pueden confundir al lector. Pasar del misterio del n [...]

    There was less maths than I expected (considering the title), but the bits that were involved were interestingly related to how people currently think (such as about time) and how people have thought throughout history in different events. Each chapter was quick, starting off with a different story/topic, unrelated to the others, that draws you in, with a brief reference to some form of maths later through it.

    Daniel Tammet once (on "Pi Day", aka March 14th, 2004) went to Oxford's Old Ashmolean building, sat down, and recited the first 22,415 digits of pi. It took him a little over five hours. A panel checked his work as he recited it; not a single digit wrong. This might give you the impression that, not only does he like numbers and have a superlative memory, but also that he must be the sort of person who cannot relate to, or perhaps even care about, other humans. What a wonderful surprise, then, t [...]

    This book is about math, and it is also about Tammet's experiences with Asperger's syndrome. There are much better books about math for the lay reader, and Born on a Blue Day is far more illuminating on the subject of Tammet's life. There are chapters I found interesting, but not that many out of the twenty five. Fortunately, the chapters and book are short.

    Short Take: Certainly not!!What is going on? I am pretty sure the universe if conspiring to make me pick books that are quite boring. I ask you, what is the point of this book? It rambled on and on without telling me anything that is worthwhile!

    Some chapters were fascinating and mind-opening, I read them ecstatically, while some bored me and I couldn't wait to get over them. I guess it depends on your affinities with one or the other topic

    Kari Mccrory
    Book of essays discussing life and mathematics and the beauty of both. These writings reminded me of the beauty of math and how it is found in everyday life. Tammet has the ability to make complex things simple to understand.

    Callum Watson
    for a book that uses the word 'mathematics' a lot, there is very little mathematics in this book. I mean I certainly wasn't expecting maths textbook, but I would have hoped there'd be something to make me think.

    This was an interesting book; it's sort of a collection of his thoughts concerning numbers, and applications of numbers. I followed most of it, although for some of it, I didn't have any background on the subject matter, and therefore did not grasp completely.

    Alexa Wardle
    It was interesting to see how someone with Autism sees the world.

    I am not a math person. However, I do appreciate a well-written sentence, and this book has many of them.

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