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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Hardcover – Mar 3 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011: Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben Pridmore, could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour. He met with individuals whose memories are truly unique—from one man whose memory only extends back to his most recent thought, to another who can memorize complex mathematical formulas without knowing any math. Brains remember visual imagery but have a harder time with other information, like lists, and so with the help of experts, Foer learned how to transform the kinds of memories he forgot into the kind his brain remembered naturally. The techniques he mastered made it easier to remember information, and Foer's story demonstrates that the tricks of the masters are accessible to anyone.
"Absolutely phenomenal... Part of the beauty of this book is that it makes clear how memory and understanding are not two different things. Building up the ability to reason and the ability to retain information go hand in hand... The book reminds us that we all start off with pretty much the same tools for the most part, and we can be intentional about strengthening them, or not."
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I particularly liked the chapter on the so-called OK-plateau. It is true that apart from the neurological disorders and accidents that could slow down our memory capacities, our simple human tendency to be lazy is also to blame.
In any case, the book is fun to read and lets you want to read further into the topic...
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This was a most interesting book. It is about memory, especially learned and trained memory like remembering numbers, lists, order of cards and things of which I am not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dan Earle
Great book. I like how Foer will introduce the mnemonic techniques inside a story.Published 14 months ago by emilie
Well happy with way the author delivers thoughts; enjoyed reading it.Published 16 months ago by Alexander Dymov
This book really gives you insights and motivation to go more in depth in memorization techniques as well as there limitations.Published 23 months ago by Jamie H
Very good mix of recounting his story with side tangents that help to further educate the reader, definitely worth reading!Published on Nov. 29 2013 by Craig
I expected a different book, more info on how to remember. Not quite through the book. but will finish it.Published on Sept. 23 2013 by Frank Nuspel
I quite enjoyed reading this text because the author went on a mnemonic pilgrimage himself, personally interviewed many people involved in competitive mnemonics, as well as... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2013 by Matthew Millard
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