Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

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Penguin, Mar 3, 2011 - Science - 320 pages
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“Highly entertaining.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

“Funny, curious, erudite, and full of useful details about ancient techniques of training memory.” —The Boston Globe

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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I read this at the same time I was reading "Wolf Hall", the story of Henry VIII's adviser Thomas Cromwell. Relevance: in the novel, Cromwell relied on many of the classical mnemonic systems that Foer describes here. Excellent. Read full review

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Good for a background on memory training and theory. He refers to other texts like Ericsson's Peak about expertise, as well as the history of memory training in ancient Greece and in cultures which ... Read full review

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Contents

THE MAN WHO REMEMBERED TOO MUCH
THE EXPERT EXPERT
THE MOST FORGETFUL MAN IN THE WORLD
THE MEMORY PALACE
HOW TO MEMORIZE A POEM
SEVEN
THE END OF REMEMBERING
EIGHT
THE TALENTED TENTH
THE LITTLE RAIN MAN IN ALL OF
ELEVEN
EPILOGUE
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
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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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