Thinking in Numbers by Daniel Tammet

Thinking in Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math by Daniel Tammet

Every day I sit at a table and ask myself: what if?


Growing up math came easy to me. All you have to do is remember the equations and plug in the numbers is what I would say. There seemed to be a common theme: some people where good at math but not so good in english and vice versa.

For Daniel Tammet, mathematical savant and best-selling author, combines the two worlds. He relates how math is in everything from snowflakes, “aliens”, and chess. Each chapter is a look into Tammet’s mind and the story of numbers.

Form is important. A pupil reads 56 = 7 x 8 and hears the whisper of many generations, while another child, shown 7 x 8 = 56, finds himself alone. The first child is enriched; the second is disinherited.

Proverbs and Times Tables ( page 40)

The fifty-six is the product of the multiplication of seven and eight. The product is found by all who take on the problem.

Life is an array of solving problems. Passing them onto the next generation. Ancient philosophers worked on solving the problem of life.

(56 =) “The only thing I know is that I know nothing”

(7 x 8) What do I know?

The quote above by Socrates is his simplistic answer. Read it and one understands. Passed on generation after the next the words still hold true. Start with the answer and find for yourself if it holds true.

Have you read Thinking in Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math by Daniel Tammet?

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