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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316187372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316187374
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* With these words from a fellow mathematician, “There is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics,” Tammet describes the magical realms he explores in these 25 wonderful essays. Here numbers become portals to “pure possibilities” in the “math of life.” Smashing preconceptions of mathematics as a task for drudges, Tammet takes prime numbers as a key for unlocking haiku by Basho and shares the emotion-laden colors surging through his mind when, as a “number artist,” he sets a European record by reciting the value of pi to 22,514 decimal places. Tammet visits the pure possibilities in mathematics that inspire poetry, drama, and even theology. But the tether of impure reality tugs the author back into a world where impoverished grandparents suffer the indignity of eviction, their furniture scattered across the front lawn; a world where his mother manages Christmas for a large family only by scouring neighborhood garage sales. But then, perhaps, it is precisely in the tension between math’s sublime dreamscapes and the terrestrial numbers of working-class budgets that readers truly see the “math of life.” Admirers of Tammet’s Born on a Blue Day (2007) and Embracing the Wide Sky (2009) will find here fresh reasons to laud the author’s gifts. --Bryce Christensen

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"Wonderful essays. Admirers of Tammet's Born on a Blue Day and Embracing the Wide Sky will find here fresh reasons to laud the author's gifts." --Booklist (starred review)

"A delightful, diverse collection of essays. Great fun and the perfect gift for any math-phobic person, young or old." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

"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)

"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, MD

"A 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

"Thinking in Numbers is a mind-expanding, kinetic aesthetic experience. My mind shot off the page, spurred to see universal patterns very much alive in everything from the natural world we share to how imagery and metaphor occur in my own creative process. Tammet's poetic mathematics are beautiful guideposts for thinking about life and even love. As I read, I found myself saying, 'Yes, this is true, and this is true, and this is so true...' " --Amy Tan

"Always informative, always entertaining, Daniel Tammet never loses his respect for the mystery of the universe of number." --J. M. Coetzee

"Intriguing, provocative - to wrestle with numbers in this way is an adventure." --Lydia Davis, author of The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

"How many mathematicians are dazzling storytellers as well? As it turns out, numbers lend themselves powerfully to the realm of narrative, and no explorer of this region is more innovative than Daniel Tammet. What a joy to read an author whose dexterity with digits is matched by his wisdom with words." --David Eagleman, PhD, neuroscientist, author of Incognito and Sum

"As a child in the pre-digital, pre-calculator 1960s, I saved up my allowance money to buy a giant, used, office adding machine. So I approached Daniel Tammet's memoir of hyper-numeracy with a certain sense of kinship. But I was unprepared for the sublime beauty and thoroughgoing charm of his stories. Thinking in Numbers is a magnificently, movingly peculiar and wise book." --Kurt Andersen, author of True Believers and host of Studio 360

"In Thinking in Numbers, you realize that no matter how personable the author or how elegantly breezy his tone, he is not like us. What a pleasure it is, however, to peer inside his utterly singular mind." --Smithsonian

"Tammet approaches numbers in a brilliantly oblique way. Modern readers may feel their jaws dropping at this book's many mathematical whimsies...A transcendent glimpse at a numerate world." --Science News

More About the Author

Daniel Tammet is a writer and essayist. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him one of the world's "100 living geniuses." An autistic savant, he perceives words and numbers as shapes and colours and speaks several languages. His memoir, the award-winning New York Times bestseller Born on a Blue Day, has been translated into 24 languages. He is also the author of the international bestsellers 'Embracing the Wide Sky' and 'Thinking in Numbers'. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of Great Britain's Royal Society of Arts. He lives in Paris.

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Tammet is a very good writer.
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This was a gift and I was told the reader "couldn't get into it." No fault of the book, I suppose.
Cheryl Stevens
This book is awesome if you LOVE all things math.
April Mershon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessica McCann on September 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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. Numbers, properly considered, make us better people." While I wasn't quite yet sold that numbers make us better people, I was intrigued by the analogy and compelled to keep reading.

Tammet is an autistic savant (one who broke the world record for reciting from memory more than 22,500 digits of Pi), and some of his essays are pretty heady. I'll admit, he lost me in a few of them, and I was forced to skim. My brain simply could not wrap around some of his ideas. As a person inspired by words and art, I was most drawn to his essays that related math to those elements.

In "Book of Books," Tammet examines the process of novel writing and the infinite possibilities and configurations the author must consider, much like a mathematical equation. And he introduced me to a novel by Julio Cortazar, titled Hopscotch, with a unique structure that enables readers make their own sense of the story. One can read the chapters consecutively from beginning to end, or in reverse order. One can read only the even numbered chapters, or only the prime numbered ones. And each reader will experience a different story. Wow. As a writer, and as a reader, this mathematical concept of a novel structure blew my mind.

Many of Tammet's essays were thought provoking, some were whimsical.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan on September 4, 2013
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Loved this book. I had read "Born on a Blue Day", Tammet's first book and enjoyed it. This new one has chapters on various topics, all relating to the importance of understanding how numbers affect our lives, ranging from chess to the concept of and words for numbers in different cultures. The chapters are short. Fun read for number nerds and for those who think they are math illiterate.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Morris on August 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm an acrostic puzzle constructor, and had merely planned to skim this book for a possible quotation solution for one of my puzzles. Instead, I found it so engrossing I couldn't put it down.

Not only is there a puzzle-worthy quotation in just about every chapter (I'm going to have a hard time choosing just one!), Tammet's book is fascinating, and downright poetic at times.

If you're looking for a mathematics text, this is not the book for you. This book is about the beauty of numbers, and a way of thinking about them that opens up a world of infinite possibilities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard B Lenchus on October 17, 2013
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Very enjoyable and interesting, actually was more than I expected. I would recommend to my friends and think they too would enjoy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Simon on October 12, 2013
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Tammet's book is a set of essays on math, perception, science, and more. His information base is breathtaking in scope.

At a few spots, I felt that he dipped into math trivialities that are, to me at least, not very interesting.

It's still an amazing book, and I will likely be reading more Tammet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By topper on October 7, 2013
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While not a mathematician or scholar I enjoyed this book immensely. The way in which numbers are presented here is refreshing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam, Atlanta on September 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
One cannot read this book, which has something about which to marvel on every page, and come away thinking that Daniel Tammet's diagnosis of "high-functioning autistic savant syndrome" is in any way a disability. His brilliance and curiosity aside, he holds insights into human nature that give one pause and reason to re-read and re-read. What a genuine talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex Willis on January 9, 2014
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Don't get me wrong, this is a FANTASTIC book; that is when it is interesting. Maybe 5 of the chapters make the entire book worth reading ten times over, except the other chapters can be boring, or seem forced although informational and insightful nonetheless. Tammet provides some profoundly deep, yet clear (I'm 15 and had no trouble understanding any portions of his book however 'out-there') and easy to understand, connections between math and literature, between numbers and life, and between infinity and love. Again, definitely worth the $10 and time to read, for math nerds especially, but only if you can power through a few less interesting chapters.
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