Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Brain Building in Just 12 Weeks Paperback – August 1, 1991
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Starting with the single most vital point "your brain is the most important thing that you own", Marilyn Vos Savant goes on to illuminate the many different facets of thinking, pointing out common mistakes and providing exercises to improve each area.
I would consider the second essential point to be "just as physical exercise is required for physical fitness, mental exercise is necessary for mental fitness." The exercises themselves are very informative. Generally, they are tasks which materially improve one's life, while working out specific areas of the intellect.
Hmmmm.... this may be overly melodramatic, but I would summarize by saying, "Life is a journey, but if you lead it in a smart fashion, it will be much more productive and rewarding." _Brain Building_ is a guidebook toward a better journey.
I purchased this book about 4 years ago when I was working a full-time job and going to graduate school to earn a Master of Education degree in Mathematics. The math courses suited me for the most part, since they pertained to both my major and my interests in working with numbers. The education courses, on the other hand, were intimidating, because I grew up with an inferiority complex about my abilities to perform in courses that demanded both extensive amounts of reading and the ability to comprehend several themes and passages.
It was during this period that, because I was going to school and working full-time simultaneously, on many days the only opportunities I had to study were either during my lunch hour or right after I arrived home late at night with thoughts of having to be back at work the next morning. Fortunately, it was also then that I was already enthralled enough with Marilyn's books and Parade column to buy this publication.
Among the several helpful suggestions Marilyn pointed out in this book is that when reading, do not hesitate to write your thoughts and opinions in the margins alongside key paragraphs and sentences. This particular approach, in a manner of speaking, places you on a more equal footing with the professor or author, and it is a valuable reminder that your interpretations and viewpoints are just as important as, if not more important than, the material you are trying to focus upon.Read more ›
It was enjoyable enough to read and play with the exercises, but it's one of those books you have to revisit. Ideally, you'd spread the reading of it over a year or so and work through the exercises as you go. But once I start, I have to get through it.
I have yet to actually implement the program as she's presented it, but the exercises are good, and no doubt if you applied yourself to this program over the year, you'd be very well set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like another reviewer said, this could be a life-changing book. It encourages you to use all of your brain and to apply that new brain power to your life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J.M.
Looking to get a little smarter ? This is your book. If you feel want to better yourself intellectually you need to get this book along with Big Brain Academy for the Nintendo DS. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Avenger
I was expecting games that could be played by people who were experiencing some memory
problems, but the book's directions were much too complicated for anyone needing... Read more
Marilyn Vos Savant shares many mental shortcuts and models to help us think better. I didn’t read it as a 12 week program, so I don’t know how the program works. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by J. Lugo
don`t offer noting if she`s such a ginius she talk more to the point don`t on internet like nook google booksPublished on March 31, 2013 by Pen Name
Very interesting reading. We all need to protect our brains. We only get one shot at it and when it begins to fail it is debilitaing. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Cindy Marable
I'm halfway through the book and it defiantly puts the power in the reader's hands and is written in a friendly style, making it enjoyable and accessible.Published on April 9, 2012 by Caren
The text may be getting a little of out date but still as useful for its intended audience. I told someone once that it was more like "Brain Building in Just 12 Days" who reminded... Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Araktsu