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Inside this Book – In a smallish London suburb where nothing much ever happened, my family gradually became the talk of the town. Throughout my teens, wherever I went, I would always hear the same question, ‘How many brothers and sisters do you have?’ The answer, I understood, was already common knowledge. It had passed into the town’s body of folklore, exchanged between the residents like a good yarn. Ever patient, I would dutifully reply, ‘Five sisters, and three brothers.’ These few words never failed to elicit a visible reaction from the listener: brows would furrow, eyes would roll, lips would smile. ‘Nine children!’ they would exclaim, as if they had never imagined that families could come in such sizes. It was much the same story in school. ‘J’ai une grande famille,’ was among the first phrases I learned to say in Monsieur Oiseau’s class. From my fellow students, many of whom were single sons or daughters, the sight of us together attracted comments that ranged all the way from faint disdain to outright awe. Our peculiar fame became such that for a time it outdid every other in the town: the one- handed grocer, the enormously obese Indian girl, a neighbour’s singing dog, all found themselves temporarily displaced in the local gossip. Effaced as individuals, my brothers, sisters and I existed only in number. The quality of our quantity became something we could not escape, it preceded us everywhere: even in French, whose adjectives almost always follow the noun (but not when it comes to une grande famille).
Inside this book –Thinking In Numbers PDF Book by Daniel Tammet – Once upon a time I was a child, and I loved to read fairy tales. Among my favourites was ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ by the Brothers Grimm. A poor, good-hearted girl receives from a sorceress a little pot capable of spontaneously concocting as much sweet porridge as the girl and her mother can eat. One day, after eating her fill, the mother’s mind goes blank and she forgets the magic words, ‘Stop, little pot’. ‘So it went on cooking and the porridge rose over the edge, and still it cooked on until the kitchen and whole house were full, and then the next house, and then the whole street, just as if it wanted to satisfy the hunger of the whole world.’ Only the daughter’s return home, and the requisite utterance, finally brings the gooey avalanche to a belated halt. The Brothers Grimm introduced me to the mystery of infinity. How could so much porridge emerge from so small a pot? It got me thinking. A single flake of porridge was awfully slight. Tip it inside a bowl and one would probably not even spot it for the spoon. The same held for a drop of milk, or a grain of sugar.
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