As an autistic savant, Tammet is famous for his ability to visualise numbers as complex shapes, colours and textures and to perceive long sequences of digits as landscapes in his mind. But how does he perceive love and relationships...and religion?Described by the US's Entertainment Weekly as having 'the most remarkable mind on the planet', autistic savant Daniel Tammet surprises many when he tells them that he is a Christian. The shock, it seems, arises from the widespread conception that reason and religion don't mix and that high intelligence and orthodox faith are somehow incompatible.But for Tammet, though the world is strange it is also beautiful and provides ample evidence for the possibility of God's existence; special moments becoming 'fragments of heaven', feeding our spiritual imagination and reminding us that our world is richly complex and fascinating.Interspersed with biographical accounts of his journey to faith from an atheistic adolescence to his conversion to Christianity five years ago, Fragments of Heaven explains the reasons for and nature of Tammet's faith and life as a believer.
Daniel Tammet has been working with scientists to understand the implications of his condition for neuroscience and our understanding of consciousness. He also runs a web-based teaching site and lives in France with his partner.