Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives.
On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found...more
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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything reads like a long magazine article - which is kind of where I found out about the book - The NY Times - last week. Having read the article, I was sufficiently impressed to get online and order the book. It arrived four days later and I couldn't wait to get started.
At the onset of his ...more
The book covers his year spent learning about mnemonics and memory palaces and all of the memorable (ahem) characters he met along the way. My favorite sections ...more
People do the oddest things in the name of winning.
I’m a competitive person (as are most of you reviewers out there). A few years ago I would have added the word “very” in front of competitive; I’ve mellowed as I’ve aged but I remember the lengths I went to in order to be the best at whatever I deemed important. But I’m fairly certain I would not go to such lengths to win a memory competition.
Joshua Foer thought it was a dandy idea…..
Joshua found himself in the worl ...more
Unfortunately, this book isn't about teaching memory techniques. It's about Josh's journey to winning the biggest little award in the US... which is NOT why I read this book.
Sure, the overall story was int ...more
About twenty years ago I first came across Tony Buzan. I read a couple of his books and even learnt enough of his methods to be able to memorise an entire weekly shopping list and to go around the supermarket without paper. The problem was that I quickly came to the conclusion that ‘learning’ has ...more
Foer weaves his experience in memory training with research and a history of the practice. With a casual, story-telling style he takes you on a ...more
Here's another book I'm sad I never found time to review. It wa ...more
I never thought about it before, but the book points out that before pen and paper, anything that needed to be preserved had to be memorized. That is why so many of the techniques mentioned in the book ...more
O principal do livro, como funciona o palácio mental e os sistemas de memorização, é algo que poderia ser resumido em bem poucas páginas. Mas o embrulho dessa mensagem é muito bom, com histórias e feitos de memorização, o caminho do autor se preparando para o campeonato e uma série de coment ...more
I listened to this as a flier thinking it to be a how to on Mnemonics. It's more of a participatory journalism book like the Omnivores Dilemma, The Wave, Born to Run and Word Freak. These books share a common formula. 1 Part History,1 Part Science, 1 Part Interview with Characters, 1 Part How to, 1 Part Essay and 1 Part Personal Quest: training and competing in the America Memory Championship which he entered on a lark.
I found it to be w ...more
This book is a fast read..(funny, somewhat interesting, somewhat useful)
June: 2015... 4 years later: i've come back to change my rating from 2 stars to 4 stars
This book actually is brilliant I remember it quite well. It didn't deserve 2 stars. The ending is actually very touching. My reason for giving it 2 stars four years ago is I didn't think I personally was very good at the techniques in the book.
This book came to my attention today from another friend ...more
The author happens upon the world of memory training in which people perform amazing feats of memory and claim that their memory is only average, th ...more
What made Moonwalking with Einstein so enjoyable was the mixture between lear ...more
If you are looking for a self-help book on improving your memory, you might wish to look elsewhere, perhaps something by Tony Buzan who is a very important character in MwE. This is not to ...more
This book had languished on my TBR shelf for over a year before I finally picked it up. Alas, it was not worth the wait. There are tiny moments of interesting information regarding how the human memory works, but for the most part, the author drones on about mundane details regarding his tedious preparation for a memory contest. It was a repetitive read, and very difficult to maintain focus and interest in the book. Sadly, I do not feel it will be very memorable, tho ...more
Aside from the anecdotal - the rather interesting glimpse into the world of the mental athletes, amusing to me personally because of my familiarity with (and let's be frank here, membership in) the geeky society at large, Foer also presents the more general - research into memory and amnesia, as well as a historical perspective on the memorisation techniques and learning of the p ...more
Joshua Foer (of the illustrious Foer family, of whom I am envious) ran into some weird people who call themselves "memory athletes". They do things like memorize 20thousand digits of pi or memorize the order of a deck of cards in a very short amount of time or memorize a long sequence of numbers or letters or words or pretty much anything for almost no reason at all. There's even something called the US Memory Championship (which the auth ...more
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This book paints a high-level fresco on the subject of human memory: the history of how we recall things, how massively that has changed throughout the centuries, and how some ancient memory techniques (almost forgotten today) are surprisingly efficie ...more
Stupid Goodreads ate my bullet review!!! GAR!!
Very insightful and useful - more useful than that dumb "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes". I love learning more about how the mind works and even picking up on some helpful tips (though don't be confused: although it's placed in self-help, it's not strictly self-help).
About the only bad is how dense it could get and how not useful memorizing random digits and cards are. I just can't help but wonder...why bother???
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Foer is the younger brother of New Republic editor Franklin Foer and novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. He is the son of Esther Foer, president of a public relations firm, and Albert Foer, a think-tank president. He was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Georgetown Day School. He then went on to graduate from Yale University, where he lived in Silliman College, in 2004.
Foer is married ...more