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Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
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Dec 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, memoir
Recommended to Sara by: Mom
Read from December 28, 2011 to January 06, 2012

This was a very interesting look at memory. The author became interested in memory training after covering a memory competition for a magazine article. Under the guidance of a memory champion, the author begins training for the following year's US memory competition, seeing what might be accomplished if he truly puts his mind to it and testing the idea that memory champions don't simply have better minds but better techniques and tricks with which to memorize information. Along the way, he speaks with people who have either notably bad or notable good memories, explaining how memory works, and describes some of the science behind various studies about memory.

I found the entire book quite fascinating. The author does a good job weaving together the facts about memory, interviews with people, and descriptions of his own training; it was well-rounded in this sense, as it didn't skip over certain parts or exclusively dwell on others. While this was far from a how-to book, it did include some techniques for memorization that are employed by memory champions, something that you can test out while you read to see how it works.

This is a quick read, though it covers a lot of ground, and held my interest throughout. I think anyone interested in memory would find this book fascinating, as it starts to shed light on something that is not fully known about or understood.
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