March 01, 2005 - 08:58 PM
from A Genius Explains
Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant. He can perform mind-
boggling mathematical calculations at breakneck speeds.
But unlike other savants, who can perform similar feats,
Tammet can describe how he does it. He speaks seven
languages and is even devising his own language.
Now scientists are asking whether his exceptional abilities
are the key to unlock the secrets of autism. Interview
by Richard Johnson