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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything


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ISBN13: 9780143120537
ISBN10: 0143120530
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Amy Alice Hammond, November 14, 2014 (view all comments by Amy Alice Hammond)
This is an amazing and tantalizing book that delves into memory and what it is, why we have it, how we lose it, how we can improve it, and the little known group who work on trying to win the U.S. Memory Championship (who knew there even WAS one!) It is a fun read full of interesting and helpful information, and I can easily and highly recommend it for you to take some time to peruse.
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Ronile Dooh, December 19, 2012 (view all comments by Ronile Dooh)
This is a fascinating book. Besides learning how to memorize incredible amounts of anything, this book is also a commentary on the weaknesses of our current education system and a history of memory techniques. I would recommend it to educators and students everywhere. And for everyone else it is an interesting read.
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vonanno, March 10, 2012 (view all comments by vonanno)
I am a middle school math teacher. I annually celebrate Pi Day on March 14th, of course. One of the activities that I offer to my students is to see how many digits of pi they can memorize. (Our current record is 500!). I am often asked why people would memorize pi and more often how do people memorize digits of pi. So, finding this book helped me look into how the brain works around memorizing and various tricks to memorizing. It is interesting to explore and share with my students. I recommend this book to anyone who is curious about memory.
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Foer, Joshua
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Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143120537 Reviews:
"Review" by , "His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it's informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context."
"Review" by , "His passionate and deeply engrossing book...is a resounding tribute to the muscularity of the mind....In the end, Moonwalking with Einstein reminds us that though brain science is a wild frontier and the mechanics of memory little understood, our minds are capable of epic achievements."
"Review" by , "It's a terrific book: sometimes weird but mostly smart, funny and ultimately a lovely exploration of the ways that we preserve our lives and our world in the golden amber of human memory."
"Review" by , "Joshua Foer's book...is both fun and reassuring. All it takes to have a better memory, he contends, are a few tricks and a good erotic imagination."
"Review" by , "It's delightful to travel with him on this unlikely journey, and his entertaining treatment of memory as both sport and science is spot on....Moonwalking with Einstein proves uplifting: It shows that with motivation, focus and a few clever tricks, our minds can do rather extraordinary things."
"Review" by , "[An] inspired and well-written debut book about not just memorization, but about what it means to be educated and the best way to become so, about expertise in general, and about the not-so-hidden 'secrets' of acquiring skills."
"Review" by , "In recounting his year in training for the U. S. Memory Championship, journalist Foer delivers a rich history of memory."
"Review" by , "You have to love a writer who employs chick sexing to help explain human memory. Foer is a charmer, a crackling mind, a fresh wind. He approaches a complex topic with so much humanity, humor, and originality that you don't realize how much you're taking in and understanding. It's kind of miraculous."
"Review" by , "Moonwalking with Einstein isn't just a splendid overview of an essential aspect of our humanity — our memory; it is also a witty and engaging account of how Foer went from being a guy with an average memory to winning the U.S. Memory Championship." Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational; professor of behavioral economics at Duke University
"Review" by , "In this marvelous book, Joshua Foer invents a new genre of non-fiction. This is a work of science journalism wrapped around an adventure story, a bildungsroman fused to a vivid investigation of human memory. If you want to understand how we remember, and how we can all learn to remember better, then read this book."
"Review" by , "Moonwalking with Einstein isn't a how-to guide to remembering a name or where you put your keys. It's a riveting exploration of humankind's centuries-old obsession with memory, and one man's improbable quest to master his own."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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