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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452273226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452273221
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This idea-rich, relentlessly upbeat manual proffers graphic images as an aid to unlock creative thinking or clarify emotions. Drawing loosely on brain research, learning theory and information science, English business consultant/TV personality Tony Buzan (Use Both Sides of Your Brain) and his brother Barry, a professor of international studies, first outline "radiant thinking," a method designed to enhance one's associative, nonlinear thought processes. Next they explain how to create "mind maps"-colorful, structured, drawings, cartoonish or complex-as a tool to overcome mental blocks, organize ideas, brainstorm, strengthen one's memory and imagination, and make meetings more productive. Despite its inflated claims and cluttered presentation, this unusual how-to, replete with exercises, quizzes, dramatic color photos of patterns in nature, and sample mind maps, will challenge and stimulate the open-minded.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tony Buzan is the author of the international bestseller The Mind Map Book. He lectures worldwide and is published in one  hundred countries and in thirty languages. He advises multinational companies like HSBC, Oracle, Barclays International, and Hewlett-Packard; governments, leading businesses, educational groups, and international Olympic athletes.

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If you buy just one book on the topic, this should be it.
Veronica Brown
In a nutshell, DONT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY, the book might even put you off for good from a quite useful tool.
T. Roediger-Schluga
This book uses vivid color images and clear examples to explain the theory and practice of Mind Mapping.
Jonathan Goldstein

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476 of 485 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
The majority of the reviews seem to focus on the reviewer's feelings: towards the author, his previous works, "it was too simple," "too complicated," "repetitive," and so on. However, if you're not familiar with mind-maps (which are creative techniques used to organize thoughts, identify key ideas, link themes, and remember more effectively, while using the both sides of the brain), you might think of it as a gimmicky New-Agey concept without practical applications. In other words, not useful, interesting but not useful. I'd just like to give personal endorsement. I've used mind maps for about twenty years to organize engineering projects at work, remember books I've read, identify daily goals, learn chess opening ideas, outline papers I'm writing, and identify the important from the trivial. This book does have flaws in that Buzan has already written it in his earlier works, and the title suggests to more impressive results than can be delivered ("maximize your brain's potential"). You won't become a genius, you will still have to work at thinking, you'll just have an additional tool to help you. Mind maps are fun, easy-to-use, useful ways to organize and retain information and generate ideas. Linear notes just don't jog the memory. It's still amazing to me how a hastily drawn mind map on an article, book, movie, lecture - a map I'll scribble with stupid little drawings and doodles and throw away days later - can help me remember so much years later !! It works. I use it. It helps.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Noppadon Kamol on May 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
"..half of the human brain is devoted directly or indirectly to vision.." said Professor Mriganka Sur of MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
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In this book, Tony Buzan convincingly argues for the importance of Mind Mapping--a method of recording and organizaing information based on the nature of human brains. After reading this book and experimenting with Mind Mapping myself, I do believe that our usual writing system does not enable our brains to function effectively and Mind Mapping is a major improvement over it.
Mind Mapping is based on a few basic principles summarized as follows:
* Represent concepts with keywords
* Make associations
* Organize into hierarchy
* Visualize concepts using images
* Stimulate your brain with colors and symbols
* Order and emphasize according to importance
The major benefits from the use of Mind Maps are:
* Images, colors, and associations stimulates creative thinking.
* Mind Mapping forces you to think actively about the things you learn.
* Efficiency in making/taking notes.
* Learning is simply more fun!
The latter part of the book suggests many uses of Mind Maps: writing a personal diary, sharing stories within a family, thinking, teaching, making notes, presenting a lecture, and collaborating in a professional environment. For example, Boeing created a 25-foot long Mind Map summarizing an aircraft engineering manual, which helped save millions of dollars worth of staff time.
Tony's writing is lucid and the presentation of the book is excellent. I found the colorful examples given throughout the book especially inspiring and useful.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It is especially fun to flip through and look at all of the illustrations which are just as valuable as the reading. My only criticism of the mind mapping model and subsequent software is that it is "too centralized." Natures systems are often decentralized where many hubs are of equal importance. Our mind is the same. Our thoughts are built upon many "hubs" of equal importance rather than one central hub in the middle of many radiating thoughts. In other words, I have found mind mapping to be far more useful when thought of as a "network" rather than a "central hub" like that of a wheel with radiating spokes. A decentralized network is made of many equal hubs with many radiating thoughts and ideas which relate to other thoughts and ideas and other hubs. No single hub is more relevant, "bigger," or more "central" than any other. In this way, the system has greater integrity and stability.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Goldstein on October 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book uses vivid color images and clear examples to explain the theory and practice of Mind Mapping. I worked through the excercises sequentially and found that one task led into another nicely until I was Mind Mapping like a pro. I found the thorough explanation of the rationale underpinning the structure of Mind Maps helpful and interesting. I also enjoyed all of the different uses covered. I use Mind Mapping to write speeches, plan projects, plan my days, make decisions, communicate ideas, and learn and retain information. I plan to use Mind Mapping to design Websites. If you want a complete and beautiful treatment of Mind Mapping, this is the book.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Gaetan Lion on May 28, 2003
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Tony Buzan invented the techniques. Many others have written about it with or without giving him full credit for it. In any case, this is the only book you need to read about this subject. It covers all the aspects and applications. It covers the basic rules.
I have about 10 years of mindmapping experience. I mindmap today a lot less than I used to during my first 3 years. I think the best application of mindmapping is for studying, reviewing, and memorizing materials. If I had known about mindmapping when I went through school(s), I would have done a lot better than I did. Catching mindmapping a bit later in life, it allowed me to study a lot of new stuff much quicker than I would have otherwise. There is really something about involving your whole brain in the learning process, instead of just the left one. And, mindmapping does that naturally for you.
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