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Written by Daniel Tammet

Narrated by Daniel Tammet

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9 hours

**The irresistibly engaging book that "enlarges one's wonder at Tammet's mind and his all-embracing vision of the world as grounded in numbers." --Oliver Sacks, MD** THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, mathematical savant and bestselling author, 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 variously by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn's eleven fingers, and 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. His provocative and inspiring new book will change the way you think about math and fire your imagination to view the world with fresh eyes.

Publisher: Hachette AudioReleased: Jul 30, 2013ISBN: 9780316187367Format: audiobook

It should be named Talking about numbers instead.

It wasn't exciting to follow except couple of ideas.

Avoid the audio book as it makes it boooring!

It wasn't exciting to follow except couple of ideas.

Avoid the audio book as it makes it boooring!

This audiobook is a rare chance to encounter a unique mind. I recommend to anyone to take the opportunity. Among other gems, author describes in detail his performance art piece of reciting the successive digits of the irrational number we know as “pi” to thousands of places to the right of the decimal from memory over a period of several hours for an audience of several hundred people. His is a mind truly different from any I have glimpsed before.

I love numbers and analytics. The essays here were insightful.

This was, without let or hindrance, without qualification or hint of doubt, the most fatuous book that I have read all year.marketed as an analysis of the ways in which mathematics affects all our lives, this is in fact a series of mindless essays based around contrived and extremely tenuous connections. Tammet seems to find huge significance in the fact that he is one of nine children in his family, there are nine months in the years whose names do not start with a J and that, until Pluto's recent demotion, there were nine planets in our solar system. Scarcely Trismegistian in its cosmological impact, and i hope you will forgive me for being entirely underwhelmed!I was also struck by how poorly written this book was, to the extent that i was amazed that any publisher would countenance having it on their lists. Indeed, I would have been surprised to see any of these essays making it into the average school magazine. I have been trying to find something positive to say about it but am really rather stumped. ... Oh, yes, the cover was a nice shade of blue. That's really all I can manage!

I didn't understand some of the essays, but some were so mind blowing. Definitely makes you think twice about the role of numbers in our lives.

Between the author's and the abridger's attempts to make a dry abstract subject interesting for the lay reader, I found the concentration on surface details frustrating.

In the end it does convey the mystery and awe of mathematics, a little of what mathematicians do and why men and women feel passionate about abstractions like numbers.

I'm listening to a spoken audio adaptation abridged by Kirsteen Cameron.

In contrast to the author, I can think of English special-purpose names for small numbers e.g. pair, couple, triplets.

I'm not sure that the question*how many number words does a language possess?* is well posed. It may be difficult or impossible to decompose expressions into semantic units (words) in a language you are unfamiliar with.

If language is creative (so any new concept can be given a new name) what does it mean to say "*This language has no word(s) for concept X*."? Is the author merely indexing the size or curiosity of speaker populations?

The essay on teaching sounds more earnest.

An argument can be made top-down with the conclusion followed by the premises which are supposed to provide necessary and sufficient support for that conclusion, or vice-versa: premises followed by the conclusion.

A top-down argument is easier to understand (if the premises are simple enough) because the conclusion, read before the premises, provides context - making it easy to interpret each premise.

Perhaps the abridged essay presents a conclusion at the end, I found the stories aimless and wasn't sure why there were anecdotes about individuals until then. This essay conveyed the author's discovery that different people use numbers for different purposes.

In the end it does convey the mystery and awe of mathematics, a little of what mathematicians do and why men and women feel passionate about abstractions like numbers.

I'm listening to a spoken audio adaptation abridged by Kirsteen Cameron.

In contrast to the author, I can think of English special-purpose names for small numbers e.g. pair, couple, triplets.

I'm not sure that the question

If language is creative (so any new concept can be given a new name) what does it mean to say "

The essay on teaching sounds more earnest.

An argument can be made top-down with the conclusion followed by the premises which are supposed to provide necessary and sufficient support for that conclusion, or vice-versa: premises followed by the conclusion.

A top-down argument is easier to understand (if the premises are simple enough) because the conclusion, read before the premises, provides context - making it easy to interpret each premise.

Perhaps the abridged essay presents a conclusion at the end, I found the stories aimless and wasn't sure why there were anecdotes about individuals until then. This essay conveyed the author's discovery that different people use numbers for different purposes.

THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, mathematical savant and bestselling author, 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.

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