Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art And Science Of Remembering Everything

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Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art And Science Of Remembering Everything

by Joshua Foer

Penguin Books USA | February 28, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art And Science Of Remembering Everything is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.

The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer''s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist''s trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author''s own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.


Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: February 28, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Books USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143120530

ISBN - 13: 9780143120537

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moonwalking with Einstein You know the scenario: You stand in the grocery store. You stopped in to pick up five simple items, and four of them sit in your basket. What was that fifth item again? You search your memory, but the last item on the list is . . . gone. Argh. You grit your teeth. You ask yourself, "Am I losing it?" Joshua Foer offers solutions to the problem. And if you're interested in memorizing 10,000 digits of Pi, he helps with that, too. (Somehow, I think the line-up will be shorter for that one.) Moonwalking with Einstein reminds us how to remember. Since the first written word, since the printing press, since the digital age, the number of circumstances requiring us to memorize dwindles. Memory techniques used in the past to ensure survival and to maintain a vibrant historical oral tradition no longer get passed from generation to generation. Like spinning wool, speaking Latin, and building log homes, extreme remembering has become a quaint relic of the past practised by a small, eccentric portion of the population. The rest of us consult electronic calendars, deposit our phone numbers into contact lists, and trust search engines to tell us anything we need to know. So, with electronic calendars, contact lists and Google, why should we remember to remember? Because we have those moments in the grocery store. Because we're living longer and Alzheimer's worries us. Because the keys to remembering are mindfulness, creativity and new experiences, and they all make life so much more fun. This book describes Foer's journey from ordinary man to United States Memory Champion. (Yeah, I know. Who knew there was such a thing?) His point: Anyone can do this. No need for a genius-level IQ or post-secondary education. Learn a few techniques, practise, and you, too, can rhyme of Pi without a hitch. I won't describe the techniques, because you should read this book for its pure entertainment value. Foer tells his story and educates, too. I learned about the roots of punctuation (thank you, Aristophanes of Byzantium) and how to get past the "OK plateau" in my tennis game. You can take as much or as little from this book as you want. It might inspire you to memorize decks of cards or all the winners of the World Series. Or it might just help you with the names of all your wife's relatives. I won't memorize even 10 digits of Pi, and I won't wear ear muffs and spray-painted goggles, but I will remember my grocery list from now on.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but somewhat decieving When I purchased this book I did with the thought that it would be 50/50 as far as story and memory improvement techniques. It was closer to 90/10 in the favor of story. There are very few memory improvement techniques in this book at all. The book was an interesting read. Plenty of facts about the history of mnemonics and the world memory championships. I found it was much more of a 'Look at me!' story based on the author. Again, interesting but should really be listed as a memoir vs a memoir/self help
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moonwalking with Einstein I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It may be because I am in the midst of studying for a major exam and need some tips on memory. Joshua Foer is a journalist who covers the United States memory championship and then decides to compete in the following year and he wins it. He is trained by an European and he shares with his readers the methods he learned to develop his memory to the point where he won the championship. It is an entertaining read and informative and has taken me to a trail where I will explore some self-help books on memory because it seems they actually do help with exams, maybe not real life but with exams and that is what I need. I enjoyed reading about savants and autism and how people with low IQ's can have outstanding memories. It was also interesting to read about a possible mnemonic posing as a savant. Interest world out there is memory land with all the images floating around in mnemonic's heads, I tried using the memory palace as a way to memorize and it works and it works long term...a fun read.
Date published: 2011-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the really great books of the year On one level this book tells the story of how the author, a person with an average memory, wins the U.S. Memory Championship after only a year in training. That story is engaging and humorous. On other levels the book offers insights into the history of memory training beginning with the Greek poet Simonides in the 5th Century B.C., the changing attitudes of the educational system towards memorization, and the mysterious workings of the brain. The book makes for marvelous, enjoyable reading, and leaves us with the feeling, probably correctly, that it could easily have been any one of us who might have won the Memory Championship after training.
Date published: 2011-09-20

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Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art And Science Of Remembering Everything

by Joshua Foer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: February 28, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Books USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143120530

ISBN - 13: 9780143120537

About the Book

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, "Moonwalking with Einstein" recounts Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory.

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The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer''s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist''s trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author''s own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.


About the Author

Joshua Foer was born in Washington, DC in 1982 and lives in New Haven, CT with his wife Dinah. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications. He is the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura, an online guide to the world’s wonders and curiosities. He is also the co-founder of the architectural design competition, Sukkah City. Moonwalking with Einstein is his first book.
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