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The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential [Hardcover]

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2.0 out of 5 stars What a shame! Aug. 17 2000
The Mind Map Book tells us how to use radiant thinking to maximize our untapped potential. Presented clearly and colorfully, in linear manner, we are guided through the process of making our own mind-maps so that we can improve our memory, concentration and creativity in planning and structuring our thoughts. Do you need to buy the book? Basically - no. When I was a student, some twenty years ago, I remember meeting a very keen proponent of mind maps in the laundry, and what I learned from him in twenty minutes was enough. Also, there are enough traveling professors in this world who are just aching to tell you how much you can do with an addled brain and set of colored felt-tips that buying this book is really not worth your while. What is good about the book, is that it does tell you clearly and methodically how to create mind maps of good design. What is bad about the book is the relentless sales pitch. Virtually everything spiral or fractal that occurs in nature gets a full color plate, and there are lists of doodles from the famous that you can test your intelligence as to who the creator was (hardly mind maps). Finally, there is a long list of merchandise that mind map fans can buy if they are so inclined. You can even send a donation of at least $10 to the author so that you can aid him in building his money-making centers! Come on Tony. The only radial thinking that you're doing is in the numbers that spiral around your head every time you go to the bank.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT worth the money unless u don't have a brain Sept. 6 1999
By A Customer
i bought this book thinking it would change my life and help my grades...HA this book gives background on the brain making u think the authors a genius, but all this book is about is brainstorming/spiderwebbing which i learned in 3rd grade. THIS BOOK IS TALKS OF AN ELEMENTARY TECHNIQUE IN COMPLICATED WORDS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but ultimately disappointing July 14 2000
By P. Wung
I was introduced to Mind Maps in a short class I took in Austin Texas on concentration. The teacher was recommending this book like it was the greatest discovery since sliced bread.
I must admit, I find mind maps fascinating and very useful, but this book was kind of a waste. Well, it is a waste because the points are hasshed and rehashed time and time again with no real insight offered into the technique.
For those who have not been exposed to Mind Maps, Mr. Buzans other books are more help ful. For those who have been exposed to Mind Maps, this book is a disappointment. I would hope that mind maps and radiant think would be capable of inspiring the author to great depths and heights.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money May 31 2001
By A Customer
I am a visual thinker and learned the basic concept of mindmapping some years back. I thought I'd pick up this book to learn the full technique. What a dissapointment. There is no there there. The book could be condensed to a pamphlet...and even then not so useful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does It Work? Do You Use It? Is It Helpful? June 10 2001
By A Customer
The majority of the reviews seem to focus on the reviewer's feelings: towards the author, his previous works, "it was too simple," "too complicated," "repetitive," and so on. However, if you're not familiar with mind-maps (which are creative techniques used to organize thoughts, identify key ideas, link themes, and remember more effectively, while using the both sides of the brain), you might think of it as a gimmicky New-Agey concept without practical applications. In other words, not useful, interesting but not useful. I'd just like to give personal endorsement. I've used mind maps for about twenty years to organize engineering projects at work, remember books I've read, identify daily goals, learn chess opening ideas, outline papers I'm writing, and identify the important from the trivial. This book does have flaws in that Buzan has already written it in his earlier works, and the title suggests to more impressive results than can be delivered ("maximize your brain's potential"). You won't become a genius, you will still have to work at thinking, you'll just have an additional tool to help you. Mind maps are fun, easy-to-use, useful ways to organize and retain information and generate ideas. Linear notes just don't jog the memory. It's still amazing to me how a hastily drawn mind map on an article, book, movie, lecture - a map I'll scribble with stupid little drawings and doodles and throw away days later - can help me remember so much years later !! It works. I use it. It helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tony Buzan explains in this book different kind of possibilities to use mind maps for personal, family, educational and professional purposes.
However the book doesn't have much dept for each of these topics. It gives a good impression of what mind mapping is about. A clear instruction of how to make a mind map will definitely help new novice users give a kick start.
Personaly I would like to read more about computer mind mapping and available software (reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars uninspiring! Nov. 18 1999
I was expecting this book to inspire me and enlighten me as to how to unleash the powers of my brain. The author drags on and on on how to organise notes and diagram ideas but failed to captivate my attention past the second chapter. It makes for tedious reading and is more than likely more suitable for experts in mind mapping.
If your are new to the topic, like I am, then this book is not for you. Don't waste your money!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas But Presented Very Badly...............
God,I never came accross such a horrible book in my entire life.What a Disaster?I snoozed while reading It.It was Boring. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Tauros
1.0 out of 5 stars Trademarked Nonsense
I found the mindmap method promising in writing, but useless in reality. I heard people raving about them, and believed them. Read more
Published on May 27 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Years Later I Still Love Making Mind Maps
It's been so long since I read this book, but throughout the past few years, I've recomended it often.
I love to create mind maps. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by SarahKate
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!! and then practise!!
The issue is that we don't use our mind. The author had asked a librarian in his college days that he wanted books on how to use mind. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Manish
4.0 out of 5 stars A good technique for your analysis toolkit
I came to mind maps through a reference to the technique in a book on business analysis. It's fun to work through Buzan's book a couple of evenings a week. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by amazon oldster
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not all that
I can't recommend this book. It was on to something but fails to deliver. I'm a computer guy and I think that affects my opinion. Read more
Published on July 26 2003 by M. Gray
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not all that
I can't recommend this book. It was on to something but fails to deliver. I'm a computer guy and I think that affects my opinion. Read more
Published on July 26 2003 by M. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Bible of Mind Mapping
Tony Buzan invented the techniques. Many others have written about it with or without giving him full credit for it. Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Gaetan Lion
4.0 out of 5 stars In-depth look at mind mapping
In the Mind Map Book, Tony Buzan describes the use of Mind Maps, or radiant thinking, for learning and brainstorming. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by Liora Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Again, the Old Dog Learns a Few New Tricks
I have used the techniques of mind mapping for almost three decades to help me organize my thoughts, explore complex issues or simply map a course of action. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2002 by Craig L. Howe
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