Thinking in Numbers is the book that Daniel Tammet, best-selling 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 more, 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 11 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.
"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)
"An 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)
"Englarges one's wonder at Tammet's mind and his all-embracing vision of the world as grounded in numbers." (Oliver Sacks, MD)
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One of those times the author shouldn't narrate.
The information was fun to listen to, but the narration was extremely hard. He has a British accent but lives in France. This makes him very hard to listen to and at times hard to understand.
Often times the narrator brings an energy to the book or an excitement for the content, in this case he was to hard to understand for that to come through. I spent most of the time trying to get past his accents.
I would recommend this book for someone to read but not listen to.