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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Paperback – February 28, 2012
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“Captivating . . . His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it’s informed by a humanism that enables its author to place the mysteries of the brain within a larger philosophical and cultural context.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“His passionate and deeply engrossing book . . . is a resounding tribute to the muscularity of the mind . . . In the end, Moonwalking with Einstein reminds us that though brain science is a wild frontier and the mechanics of memory little understood, our minds are capable of epic achievements.” —The Washington Post
“Joshua Foer’s book . . . is both fun and reassuring. All it takes to have a better memory, he contends, are a few tricks and a good erotic imagination.” —Maureen Dowd, The New York Times
“Highly entertaining.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
“It’s delightful to travel with him on this unlikely journey, and his entertaining treatment of memory as both sport and science is spot on . . . Moonwalking with Einstein proves uplifting: It shows that with motivation, focus, and a few clever tricks, our minds can do rather extraordinary things.” —The Wall Street Journal
“It’s a terrific book: sometimes weird but mostly smart, funny, and ultimately a lovely exploration of the ways that we preserve our lives and our world in the golden amber of human memory.” —Deborah Blum, New Scientist
“Foer’s book is relevant and entertaining as he shows us ways we can unlock our own talent to remember more.” —USA Today
“A fascinating scientific analysis of mnemonic mysteries. What we remember, [Foer] says, defines who we are.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sprightly, entertaining . . . [Foer] has a gift for communicating fairly complex ideas in a manner that is palatable without being patronizing.” —Financial Times
“[An] inspired and well-written debut book about not just memorization, but about what it means to be educated and the best way to become so, about expertise in general, and about the not-so-hidden ‘secrets’ of acquiring skills.” —The Seattle Times
“[An] instant bestseller.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Funny, curious, erudite, and full of useful details about ancient techniques of training memory.” —The Boston Globe
“With originality, high energy, and an appealing blend of chutzpah and humility, [Foer] writes of his own adventures and probes the history and literature of memory, the science of how the brain functions, and the connections between memory, identity, and culture . . . Moonwalking with Einstein . . . is engaging and timely.” —The Jewish Week
“A smart, thoughtful, engaging book.” —The Portland Oregonian
“Charming . . . The book is part of a grand tradition, the writer as participating athlete, reminiscent of George Plimpton taking up football in Paper Lion.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“[A] wonderful first book.” —Newcity
“Fascinating.” —Town & Country
“For one year, Foer tried to attain total recall, extracting secrets from the top researchers, the real Rain Man, and the world’s memory champs. He triumphed, both in his quest and in this lively account, which is, no exaggeration, unforgettable.” —Parade
“In recounting his year in training for the USA Memory Championship, journalist Foer delivers a rich history of memory.” —Discover Magazine
“Foer’s history of memory is rich with information about the nature of memory and how it makes us who we are.” —Scientific American
“A brief and pithy recounting of Foer’s exploration of the fuzzy borders of his brain—a marveling at how and why it’s able to do something quite unexpected . . . Moonwalking with Einstein fits handily inline with the recent tradition of ‘big idea’ books.” —The Millions
“An original, entertaining exploration about how and why we remember.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An engaging, informative, and for the forgetful, encouraging book.” —Booklist
“Hard to put down . . . The mind is a bigger thing than any of us realize, and Foer reminds us to keep exploring it.” —Barnes & Noble Review
“He has thought deeply about memory and his effort yields questions that are well worth reflecting on.” —The Daily Beast
“Intriguing . . . Foer does an excellent job of tracing the history of the arts of memory.” —The Forward
“The kind of nonfiction work that gets people talking . . . A highly enjoyable read.” —Thirteen.org
“You have to love a writer who employs chick-sexing to help explain human memory. Foer is a charmer, a crackling mind, a fresh wind. He approaches a complex topic with so much humanity, humor, and originality that you don’t realize how much you’re taking in and understanding. It’s kind of miraculous.” —Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars, Bonk, Spook, and Stiff
“Moonwalking with Einstein isn’t just a splendid overview of an essential aspect of our humanity—our memory; it is also a witty and engaging account of how Foer went from being a guy with an average memory to winning the USA Memory Championship.” —Dan Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University and author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational
“In this marvelous book, Joshua Foer invents a new genre of nonfiction. This is a work of science journalism wrapped around an adventure story, a bildungs-roman fused to a vivid investigation of human memory. If you want to understand how we remember, and how we can all learn to remember better, then read this book.” —Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor to Wired and author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist
“Joshua Foer proves what few of us are willing to get our heads around: there’s more room in our brains than we ever imagined. Moonwalking with Einstein isn’t a how-to guide to remembering a name or where you put your keys. It’s a riveting exploration of humankind’s centuries-old obsession with memory, and one man’s improbable quest to master his own.” —Stefan Fatsis, author of A Few Seconds of Panic and Word Freak
About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (February 28, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 307 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143120530
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143120537
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do wish to warn you that if you try out the book's memory techniques, practicing them can be addicting, as they must have been for the author. Within six weeks, I passed all three of the FCC Amateur Radio license tests. Once starting to practice memorizing the concepts and answers behind the large question pools (1,450), I couldn't stop. Now, having reined in my compulsiveness, I just use the techniques learned from this book to give presentations without using notes and to study for exams. So if you are at all manic when it comes to learning, you may find that this book will magnify those learning habits.
This book is excellent journalism rather than a memory technique book. He states that fact and points you towards actual memory technique books. I have purchased and read some of them. Those books do not compare with the motivational aspects of this book to actually try out memory techniques to see if they can enhance your life.
This book is a fun read and it may motivate you to learn something new - something that requires lots of memorization. Read it and go take a bar exam, like the one for US Tax Court.
If you're looking for a how-to guide on memory, this is not it. Moreover, this book is about a year of Josh's life and the things he learned along the way. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for: a short read (I finished this in 2-days); a fantastic story; a introduction to memory training; or a stimuli to the question: what is memory?
Read this book, you won't be disappointed.
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Could easily be about 30% shorter. Lots of additional some might say filler about the history of memory techniques Romans and Ancient Greeks used. Also stories about chicken sexers.
I’m glad I got it for 99p.
Ostensibly, it tells the story of how the author, covering the US memory championships, takes up the challenge to enter them himself and compete the following year.
But along the way the book is an overview of what we know, or think we know, about the way the brain works and how we remember (or fail to remember) stuff. Several common methods of memorisation are outlined - but note this isn't a "how to" book - as is the concept and use of memorisation itself. In a world where we don't have to remember anything - phone numbers, historical facts, the background to current events - because it's all there on devices we carry around, do we need to remember things at all?
The book will appeal if you like a good yarn, or your interested in psychology or education. It is entertaining, informative and at times pretty funny, and the end is quite emotional.
One of the people the author spends a lot of time with is Ed Cooke, who has since written the book "Remember, Remember..." which I bought and started straight after this. Within half an hour I could remember the names of all the Anglo-Saxon kings of England. Is that useful? No. But it's impressive (although I'm having trouble convincing friends and colleagues). More importantly, the method itself is very useful and I've employed it for other things since.
It starts off with a personal anecdote of the writer: his present self in the 2005 U.S Memory Championship. He recollects his journey the year before winning the Championship with memory techinques that he learned throughout.
The history behind the different sorts of memory technique and the levels Joshua analysed in-dept as the pages went on simply fascinated me into the world of memory work. As a eighteen year old bookworm, I throughly was hooked in.
Definitely a must-read. Plus, this book was fastly delivered, thanks to Amazon!
I'm hoping that I will be able to take away some of my learnings from this and actually apply them to every day life so I can finally start remembering a little bit more!