I don’t to link to The Guardian , as a rule. I fnd their news gathering questionable, their politics abomidable and their writing as near on unreadable as no matter.

Today, however they actually came up with something of interest.

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