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Moonwalking with Einstein

by Joshua Foer

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything:  Foer, Joshua: 9780143120537: Books

Foer, a journalist, had set out to find out the capacity to improve human memory by working with other memory athletes. He used memory techniques that take advantage of how the brain works biologically and honed those skills. Eventually, all his practice to improve his memory would be put into motion in the United States Memory Competition, which paid off.

Moonwalking With Einstein is an interesting book because along with his journey of becoming a memory athlete himself, there is some cultural, historical parts on memory techniques and the competition, which dates back to the Romans and Greeks. It gives context and showed the prominence of memory in cultures. The approaches shown are backed with scientific findings, and the topics that seemed unrelated to memory are well explained in how they connected back to the main topic.

I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in improving their memory since this book offers helpful tips and approaches to memorizing typical things like grocery lists. This book does have quite a bit of filler content, as it could have been written to be shorter. For a casual reader who wants to learn something new and dig into something entertaining, I would recommend this book.

Anna, 15


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