Thinking in Numbers

  • by Daniel Tammet
  • Narrated by Daniel Tammet
  • 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This 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 and everyday examples, 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 sixth finger or his mother's unpredictable behaviour, 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 maths and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.

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What the Critics Say

"Thinking in Numbers is unprecedented: a pitch-perfect duet between mathematics and literature ... Mathematics, Tammet says, is illimitable. It is a language through which the human imagination expresses itself. Presumably this means mathematics has, or deserves, a literature. In Tammet, it already has a laureate." (New Scientist)
"A collection of essays on subjects as diverse as Shakespeare and Tolstoy, a rumination on snow and another on chess, as well as a fantastically nuanced piece about his mother. It is a collection which showcases Tammet's extraordinary talent . . . a writer of unique capabilities." (Scotsman Magazine)
"An interesting and often beautiful approach: Tammet writes well... and his love of numbers shines from the page... Tammet's discussion of big numbers is fascinating." (Daily Telegraph)
Tammet's choice of subjects is personal, and wonderfully eclectic... What lifts Tammet's entertaining collection above the ordinary are the often surprising links that he sees, explores and explains. Sunday Telegraph
Explores the 'what if' of maths and links it with literature and life. He is an exhilarating thinker, an exciting writer, and looks at the world with an eclectic, quizzical eye. Saga Magazine
Tammet is an accomplished writer with a prose style akin to a warm embrace... scintillating ... enlightens and entertains in (approximately) equal measure. Daily Express

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Interesting, mind-broadening

Not your usual book. Part autobiography, part commentary or history even. There are plenty of interesting factoid gems in the narrative and Daniel (also narrator) seems to have had some interesting times in his life which is dominated with numbers and his relationship to them.



I was surprised at how well the abstract concepts of numbers are articulated and relayed. I took a lot of new insight from the book and have quite honestly despite years of having been taught maths up to undergraduate level, never encountered someone that delivers this understanding so well! This book completely changed my relationship with Pi and it probably will do for you too!



Definitely a refreshing alternative to whatever your usual genre is!
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- Amazon Customer "charlie_boy666"

inspiring and mind - broadening

Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking in Numbers to be better than the print version?

I would prefer to read but listening saves time.


Which character – as performed by Daniel Tammet – was your favourite?

He himself. I was fascinated by his line of reasoning and making connections which I would never thought of.


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- natasza

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-02-2013
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton