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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.

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