Moment by moment throughout our lifetime, our brains hum with the work of making meaning: weaving together many thousands of threads of information into all manner of thoughts, feelings, memories, and ideas.— Daniel Tammet
The most controversy Daniel Tammet quotes that will activate your inner potential
I love music. I have a fondness for Chopin, and I very much like his 'Raindrop Prelude.'
My autism is a very mild form. It was diagnosed at the age of 25, partly because it wasn't diagnosable as a teenager (this is Asperger's syndrome, specifically). But there were certainly traits within that condition, within the autism spectrum in general, especially at the high functioning end, that I think are best looked at as pluses.
There is no such thing as an average person.
They really are guidelines for people to grapple with the unknown, and we can always surprise expectations.
I have never played the lottery in my life and never will.
Voltaire described lotteries as a tax on stupidity. More specifically, I think, on innumeracy.
Every culture has contributed to maths just as it has contributed to literature.
It's a universal language; numbers belong to everyone.
There are estimated to be fewer that 50 prodigious savants worldwide.
If we were brought together, it would be disappointing in the sense of us having different abilities. One thing that would make me feel united with them would be the sense of us having grown up in isolation.
It was hard for me to find my voice because I was, for so long, absorbed in my own world.
When I achieved the European record for reciting pi in 2004, this captured the imagination of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen in Cambridge and he finally diagnosed me with Asperger's that year.
You don't have to be disabled to be different, because everybody's different.
When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes.
The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That's the answer. It's mental imagery. It's like maths without having to think.
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.
The human brain is like a memory system that records every thing that happens to us and makes intelligent predictions based on those experiences.
When I was a child, my behavior was far from being what most people would label 'intelligent.' It was often limited, repetitive and anti-social. I could not do many of the things that most people take for granted, such as looking someone in the eye or deciphering a person's body language, and only acquired these skills with much effort over time.
My mother is not a model. She is not perfect. That awareness is part of learning to love someone. Predicting the actions of someone is an act of love. We persist, even when we get it wrong. That's the beauty of love.
37 is a lumpy number, a bit like porridge.
Six is very small and dark and cold, and whenever I was little trying to understand what sadness is I would imagine myself inside a number six and having that experience of cold and darkness. Similarly, number four is a shy number.
I consider social skills a bit like learning a language.
I've been practising it for so long over so many years I've almost lost my accent.
Aesthetic judgments, rather than abstract reasoning, guide and shape the process by which we all come to know what we know.
I love books so much. I've read more books than anyone else I know.
I recited Pi to 22,514 decimal points in five hours and nine minutes.
I was able to do this because of weeks of study, aided by the unusual synaesthesic way my mind perceives numbers as complex multidimensional coloured and textured shapes.
Logic obviously is important. You need to be able to figure things out, to go to the end of a particular problem. But intuition is very important because it references things that logic alone cannot.
I had eventually come to understand that friendship was a delicate, gradual process that mustn’t be rushed or seized upon but allowed and encouraged to take its course over time. I pictured it as a butterfly, simultaneously beautiful and fragile, that once afloat belonged to the air and any attempt to grab at it would only destroy it.
I do read a lot, and I think in recent years the ratio between the amount of non-fiction and fiction has tipped quite considerably. I did read fiction as a teenager as well, mostly because I was forced to read fiction, of course, to go through high school.
Fischer, the great American chess champion, famously said, 'Chess is life.
' I would say, 'Pi is life.'
I have tried to be more flexible, but I always end up feeling more uncomfortable. Retaining a sense of control is really important. I like to do things in my own time, and in my own style, so an office with targets and bureaucracy just wouldn't work.
Often autism is portrayed in the media as a very negative condition, as something that prevents somebody from communicating or from socializing or from being able to have any kind of normal, happy life.
From 'Embracing the Wide Sky', I went to the States, to Canada and to different parts of Europe as well. I gave interviews in several languages.
No relationship is without its difficulties and this is certainly true when one or both of the persons involved has an autistic spectrum disorder. Even so, I believe what is truly essential to the success of any relationship is not so much compatibility, but love. When you love someone, virtually anything is possible.
I would play with numbers in a way that other kids would play with their friends.
I certainly have routines in my day-to-day life that are important to me and still give me feelings of security and control, but the capacity to break out of them every so often as I travel has given me a second wind.
Even the greatest mathematicians, the ones that we would put into our mythology of great mathematicians, had to do a great deal of leg work in order to get to the solution in the end.
Life is going to be complex, and the only way we're able navigate our way through it at all is by living as best we can and absorbing those experiences and somehow making intuitive responses in future situations that resemble them in some way.
I can well imagine that certain writers, even writers that we'd consider today very great writers, may not necessarily have tested highly on IQ just because of their numerical skills, or maybe they may not be very good at memory, and are not particularly good at these kinds of tests.
My algebra was relatively poor. I found it very difficult to use equations that substituted numbers - to which I had a synesthetic and emotional response - for letters, to which I had none. It was because of this that I decided not to continue math at Advanced level, but chose to study history, French and German instead.
We will always have more to discover, more to invent, more to understand and that's much closer to art and literature than any science.
I'm inconsistent because I'm human.
I changed my name because it didn't fit with the way I saw myself.
I'm not sure I'm the only savant with high IQ or with an above average IQ.
Again, it may just be that we don't know very many of the others.
I did have a very restricted, regimented life.
There was a kind of happiness there, a contentment, but it was a small happiness within very clear and delineated borders.
Why learn a number like pi to so many decimal places? The answer I gave then as I do now is that pi is for me an extremely beautiful and utterly unique thing. Like the Mona Lisa or a Mozart symphony, pi is its own reason for loving it.
I feel traveling certainly does broaden the mind.
In my case certainly I feel more confident. It gives you a new perspective on the world.
I know from my own experience that there is much more to 'intelligence' than an IQ number. In fact, I hesitate to believe that any system could really reflect the complexity and uniqueness of one person's mind, or meaningfully describe the nature of his or her potential.
I thought of the infinitely many points that can divide the space between two human hearts.