A savant lets us see the world through his eyes in Born on a Blue Day'
Published 03/11/2007, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In his new memoir, Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir (Free Press, $24), Daniel Tammet reminds me of Data, the questing android of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As a multilingual savant who solves stumpers like 82 to the 4th power in his head and who learned Icelandic in a week, Tammet is a superhuman prodigy. As a young man with Asperger's syndrome, he has learned normal human social behavior from the outside in, through observation and hard work.Word count: 350