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Moonwalking With Einstein

The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Foer, Joshua (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Moonwalking With Einstein


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Having achieved the seemingly unachievable-- becoming a U.S. Memory Champion-- Foer shows how anyone with enough training and determination can achieve mastery of their memory.
Authors: Foer, Joshua
Title: Moonwalking with Einstein
the art and science of remembering everything
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2011
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Joshua Foer
Contents: The smartest man is hard to find
The man who remembered too much
The expert expert
The most forgetful man in the world
The memory palace
How to memorize a poem
The end of remembering
The ok plateau
The talented tenth
The little rain man in all of us
The US memory championships
Summary: Having achieved the seemingly unachievable-- becoming a U.S. Memory Champion-- Foer shows how anyone with enough training and determination can achieve mastery of their memory.
ISBN: 159420229X
9781594202292
Branch Call Number: 153.14 F654m 2011
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Report This Mar 18, 2014
  • runfastread rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The unlikely journey of an ordinary reporter to a U.S. Memory Champion. Ever heard of the World Memory Championships? Find out! You and the author learn to apply techniques that call on imagination as much as memory - learn about creating your own memory palaces and memorizing all kinds of lists! A book that really makes you think - and remember!

Report This May 20, 2013
  • JCLLauraH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting psychological information about memory and cognition. This isn't a step-by-step guide to memory training but I was definitely able to take some of the techniques and use them without a lot of work, and the book convinced me it doesn't really take much to pull off pretty incredible feats of remembering.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Brian_Shaw rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A well written story, covering memory from the perspective of a writer and contestant in the Memory Championships. Some (OK, most) of the details will be forgotten, but the story flowed well and had a nice wit and sense of humor.

Report This Dec 15, 2012
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the most entertaining non-fiction books I've read this year, all about competitive memorization tournaments and the history of human being's training their minds to retain more and more information, which is an interesting proposition today in a world of instantly obtainable information.

Report This Nov 03, 2012
  • jinzhong rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

history and techniques of mnemonic for remembering numbers and letters. interesting and entertaining.

Report This Jul 09, 2012
  • ganymede__ rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good read into the world of memorizers and a look into some techniques that are used in competitive memorizing.

Report This Jun 25, 2012
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I always enjoy personal experiences taken to an extreme, especially in the pursuit of knowledge. In this one, Foer presents to us the quirky and delightful world of amateur memorizers. I liked the historical footnotes and the tradition behind memorization. I'm also comforted by the thought that there is still some importance placed on memorization - a classical education does have some merit. Foer's dedication is perhaps misplaced, but this insider's look was comical and revealing. I'm not sure how all the tricks of the trade work, but my curiosity is definitely piqued. A great look at what has become an ill-known art.

Report This Jun 19, 2012
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fascinating read - a book that makes you think and entertains at the same time. While it does not teach you how not to forget your wife's birthday (or any other every day kind of memory activity), it does give you a lot of understanding as to the use of memory training in a historical context (i.e. before books). Writing from his own experiences as he delves into the world of memory athletes, the author provides a quirky but insightful view of characters current and historical. Recommended.

Report This Sep 29, 2011
  • marishkajuko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Somewhat disappointed by this book, as I saw the author on Colbert and thought the book sounded interesting. Foer does make the point that competitive memorization is not a thrilling spectator experience - and despite his fluid writing style, the whole thing comes off rather dry.

Report This Sep 17, 2011
  • markd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book!

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